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Sigmund Freud
Thurschwell, Pamela, 1966-
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London ; New York : Routledge, [2000]

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x, 158 pages ; 20 cm.
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Sigmund Freudprovides an invaluable introduction to the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most important thinkers. Studied on most undergraduate literary and cultural studies courses, Sigmund Freudtakes a fresh look at the work of this groundbreaking theorist, offering students a clear introduction to Freud's importance for psychoanalytic literary criticism, while tracing the scientific and cultural contexts from which he emerged. This book guides readers through Freud's terminology and key ideas and includes a detailed bibliography of his own and other relevant texts.

Author Notes

Pamela Thurschwell is a Research Fellow in English at Queen's College, Cambridge.

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Library Journal Review

Part of the new "Routledge Critical Thinkers" series, this is a clear, concise guide for the nonspecialist to a major thinker in humanities and literary studies. Thurschwell (English, University Coll., London) writes with confidence, balance, and enthusiasm about an important and difficult subject that may no longer hold sway in American psychiatry and psychology but survives in the humanities and needs to be understood as a major ideological force despite its flaws. The book contains chapters on early theories, interpretation, sexuality, case histories, maps of the mind, society and religion, and psychoanalysis's aftermath, including feminist criticism and a remarkable summary of Jacques Lacan's role. The reader (college level, at least) can form independent judgments and will be equipped to address Freud's texts directly. Although weak on Freud's biography, this book, supplemented with Louis Breger's Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision (LJ 9/1/00), makes the best short introduction to Freud and belongs in all libraries.ÄE. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Why Freud?
Life and Context
Early Theories
Psychoanalysis: An Autobiographical Theory? Key Ideas
Chapter 1 Interpretation
Chapter 2 Sexuality
Chapter 3 Case Histories
Chapter 4 Freud's Maps of the Mind
Chapter 5 Society and Religion
After Freud: Effects and Conflicts