Back to Freud's Texts: Making Silent Documents Speak

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Yale University Press, 1996 - Psychology - 322 pages
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This book blazes a trail in Freud research. Ilse Grubrich-Simitis, a prominent authority on Freud, examines and deciphers Freud's original manuscripts - which had remained disregarded for decades. From these she analyzes Freud's method of working and points out what the writings reveal of his psychological states, the events in his life, and the development of his thinking over time. The book is at once a study of Freud's creativity as a scientist and writer, an important reference on the texts themselves, and a commentary on previously unexplored aspects of Freud's life and work. Examining many hitherto unknown texts, Grubrich-Simitis provides a fresh and authentic picture of the discoverer of the unconscious at work: observing, listening to his patients, gathering the raw material for his oeuvre, fantasizing, drawing conclusions, drafting, rewriting, and correcting. She refutes the legend of the facility of Freud's production, for the notes, drafts, fair copies, and variants she identifies bear witness to the fact that almost every work actually came into being by a process of consuming hard labor. Grubrich-Simitis's analysis of Freud's manuscripts is flanked by two shorter sections on Freud's printed texts: in one she recounts the history of the editions from the beginnings in Vienna to the present day, and in the other she offers a detailed plan for a new historical-critical edition of his works.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE HISTORY OF THE EDITIONS
15
From the Beginnings until 1938
17
From 1938 to 1960
38
From 1960 to the Present
48
PART Two LANDSCAPE OF THE MANUSCRIPTS
73
WritingWritingWriting
75
Vicissitudes of the Manuscripts
86
First Versions
182
Posthumous Publications
204
Unpublished Material
229
PART THREE SKETCH FOR A FUTURE CRITICAL EDITION
239
On Editing in General
241
On Principles of a New Freud Edition
247
On Results and Effects
272
List of Freud Titles
285

Notes
92
Drafts
131
Fair Copies
144
Variants
153

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A practicing and teaching psychoanalyst, Ilse Grubrich-Simitis is the editor responsible for all Freud editions at S. Fischer Verlag, the Freud publisher in Germany.

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