The Freud Reader

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - Psychology - 832 pages
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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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Great introduction to Freud. - Goodreads
An excellent compendium of Freud's writings. - Goodreads
This is a great introduction to Freud's life work. - Goodreads

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This book was a required purchase not for a psychology or even a philosophy course, but a political science course. But I think that's a testament to just how wide ranging is Freud's influence. For ... Read full review

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Notable for locating human motivation and drives in the subconscious. Dream interpretation and literary analysis seem like extreme mental gymnastics without too much grounding. On Mourning and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
xi
A Chronology
xxxi
A Note on Symbols and Abbreviations
xlix
Preface to the Translation of Bernheims Suggestion
45
Josef Breuer Anna O
60
Katharina
78
The Aetiology of Hysteria
96
Letters to Fliess
111
Creative Writers and DayDreaming
436
Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood
443
Totem and Taboo
481
The Theme of the Three Caskets
514
The Moses of Michelangelo
522
Contribution to a Questionnaire on Reading
539
An Introduction
545
Instincts and Their Vicissitudes
562

The Interpretation of Dreams
129
On Dreams
142
Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria Dora
172
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
239
Character and Anal Erotism
293
Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental
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
394
From the History of an Infantile Neurosis Wolf Man
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 Pribor
772
The Question of a Weltanschauung
783
Postscript
796
Index
803
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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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