The Freud Reader

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - Psychology - 832 pages

What to read from the vast output of Sigmund Freud has long been a puzzle. Freudian thought permeates virtually every aspect of twentieth-century life; to understand Freud is to explore not only his scientific papers—on the psycho-sexual theory of human development, his theory of the mind, and the basic techniques of psychoanalysis—but also his vivid writings on art, literature, religion, politics, and culture.

The fifty-one texts in this volume range from Freud's dreams, to essays on sexuality, and on to his late writings, including Civilization and Its Discontents. Peter Gay, a leading scholar of Freud and his work, has carefully chosen these selections to provide a full portrait of Freud's thought. His clear introductions to the selections help guide the reader's journey through each work.

Most of the selections are reproduced in full. All have been selected from the Standard Edition, the only English translation for which Freud gave approval both to the editorial plan and to specific renderings of key words and phrases.

The Freud Reader contains a full array of explanatory material:

  • a substantial general introduction
  • a full chronology
  • introductions to each selection
  • a selected bibliography

 

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Contents

Preface
xi
A Chronology
xxxi
A Note on Symbols and Abbreviations
xlix
Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental
37
MAKING OF A PSYCHOANALYST
43
Draft
55
Katharina
78
Project for a Scientific Psychology
86
Creative Writers and DayDreaming 436
436
Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood 443
443
Totem and Taboo
481
The Theme of the Three Caskets 514
514
The Moses of Michelangelo 522
523
Contribution to a Questionnaire on Reading
539
An Introduction 545
545
TRANSITIONS AND REVISIONS
562

The Aetiology of Hysteria
96
Letters to Fliess
111
Screen Memories
117
The Interpretation of Dreams
129
On Dreams
142
Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria Dora
172
Functioning
301
Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis
309
Wild PsychoAnalysis
351
On Beginning the Treatment
363
Observations on TransferenceLove
378
A Special Type of Choice of Object Made
387
On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the
394
From the History of an Infantile Neurosis Wolf Man 400
400
PSYCHOANALYSIS IN CULTURE
429
Repression
568
Mourning and Melancholia
584
Beyond the pleasure Principle
594
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego Introduction
626
The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex
661
Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical
670
The Question of Lay Analysis Postscript
678
The Future of an Illusion
685
Civilization and Its Discontents
722
Letter to the Burgomaster of PřÝbor
772
The Question of a Weltanschauung
783
Postscript
796
Index
803
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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is one of the twentieth century's greatest minds and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. His many works include The Ego and the Id; An Outline of Psycho-Analysis; Inhibitions; Symptoms and Anxiety; New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis; Civilization and Its Discontent, and others.

Peter Gay (1923--2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.

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