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Author Roudinesco, Elisabeth, 1944- author.

Title Freud in his time and ours / Élisabeth Roudinesco ; translated by Catherine Porter.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 580 pages)
Note "First published as Sigmund Freud en son temps et dans le notre"--Title page verso.
Translated from the French.
Summary Élisabeth Roudinesco offers a bold and modern reinterpretation of the iconic founder of psychoanalysis. Based on new archival sources, this is Freud's biography for the twenty-first century--a critical appraisal, at once sympathetic and impartial, of a genius greatly admired and yet greatly misunderstood in his own time and in ours. Roudinesco traces Freud's life from his upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings in a prosperous Jewish-Austrian household to his final days in London, a refugee of the Nazis' annexation of his homeland. She recreates the milieu of fin de siecle Vienna in the waning days of the Habsburg Empire--an era of extraordinary artistic innovation, given luster by such luminaries as Gustav Klimt, Stefan Zweig, and Gustav Mahler. In the midst of it all, at the modest residence of Berggasse 19, Freud pursued his clinical investigation of nervous disorders, blazing a path into the unplumbed recesses of human consciousness and desire. Yet this revolutionary who was overthrowing cherished notions of human rationality and sexuality was, in his politics and personal habits, in many ways conservative, Roudinesco shows. In his chauvinistic attitudes toward women, and in his stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing threat of Hitler until it was nearly too late, even the analytically-minded Freud had his blind spots. Alert to his intellectual complexity--the numerous tensions in his character and thought that remained unresolved--Roudinesco ultimately views Freud less as a scientific thinker than as the master interpreter of civilization and culture. Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part One. The life -- Beginnings -- Loves, tempests, ambitions -- The invention of psychoanalysis -- Part Two. The conquest -- The Belle Époque -- Disciples and dissidents -- The discovery of America -- The war of nations -- Part Three. At home -- Dark enlightenment -- Families, dogs, objects -- The art of the couch -- Among women -- Part Four. The final years -- Between fetish medicine and religion -- Facing Hitler -- Death at work.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 16, 2016).
Subject Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939.
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939. (OCoLC)fst00034252
Psychoanalysts -- Austria -- Biography.
Psychoanalysis -- History.
Austria -- History -- 19th century.
Austria -- History -- 20th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Social Scientists & Psychologists.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Reference.
Psychoanalysis. (OCoLC)fst01081235
Psychoanalysts. (OCoLC)fst01081287
Austria. (OCoLC)fst01204901
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Porter, Catherine, 1941- translator.
Added Title Sigmund Freud en son temps et dans le nôtre. English
Other Form: Print version: Roudinesco, Elisabeth, 1944- Sigmund Freud en son temps et dans le nôtre. English. Freud in his time and ours. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2016] 9780674659568 (DLC) 2016013065 (OCoLC)946032136
ISBN 9780674974524 (electronic book)
0674974522 (electronic book)
Standard No. 99972349490
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