New Book: After Freud Left

A new edited collection on the history of Freud in the United States, and the development of psychoanalysis in the country following his 1909 visit to Clark University, has just been released. After Freud Left: A Century of Psychoanalysis in America is edited by John Burnham and includes chapters from a number of prominent historians of psychoanalysis. The book is described as follows and includes the following chapters,

From August 29 to September 21, 1909, Sigmund Freud visited the United States, where he gave five lectures at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. This volume brings together a stunning gallery of leading historians of psychoanalysis and of American culture to consider the broad history of psychoanalysis in America and to reflect on what has happened to Freud’s legacy in the United States in the century since his visit.

There has been a flood of recent scholarship on Freud’s life and on the European and world history of psychoanalysis, but historians have produced relatively little on the proliferation of psychoanalytic thinking in the United States, where Freud’s work had monumental intellectual and social impact. The essays in After Freud Left provide readers with insights and perspectives to help them understand the uniqueness of Americans’ psychoanalytic thinking, as well as the forms in which the legacy of Freud remains active in the United States in the twenty-first century. After Freud Left will be essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century American history, general intellectual and cultural history, and psychology and psychiatry.



Part I: 1909 to the 1940s: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Movement Cross the Atlantic

Introduction to Part I: Transnationalizing

Sonu Shamdasani
Psychotherapy, 1909: Notes on a Vintage

Richard Skues
Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America

Ernst Falzeder
“A Fat Ead of Dirty Pieces of Paper”: Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and America

George Makari
Mitteleuropa on the Hudson: On the Struggle for American Psychoanalysis after Anschluß

Hale Usak-Sahin
Another Dimension of the Émigré Experience: From Central Europe to the United States via Turkey

Part II: After World War II: The Fate of Freud’s Legacy in American Culture

Introduction to Part II: A Shift in Perspective

Dorothy Ross
Freud and the Vicissitudes of Modernism in the United States, 1940-1980

Louis Menand
Freud, Anxiety, and the Cold War

Elizabeth Lunbeck
Heinz Kohut’s Americanization of Freud

Jean-Christophe Agnew
The Walking Man and the Talking Cure

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.

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