FREUD AND THE INVENTION OF JEWISHNESS
by Betty Bernardo Fuks
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The question of Freud's relation to his Jewish heritage has become one of perennial fascination, attracting philosophers, psychoanalysts, and students of Judaism. However, as Betty Fuks's highly original study reveals, Freud's Judaism has too often served as the pretext for a naïve pseudo-analysis of Freud's character or the absurd idea that psychoanalysis is a form of secular Judaism.
Fuks dismantles these reductive claims with wit and close attention to the Freudian text, and offers in their place an insightful account of how Freud invented a unique relation to his own Judaism: an invention that sustained him in his "splendid isolation" and provided a foundation for the understanding of psychoanalysis as an experience of both subjective exile and nomination.
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Betty Bernardo Fuks is a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and teaches in the master's program in Psychoanalysis, Health, and Society at the Veiga de Almeida University in Rio de Janeiro. A clinical psychoanalyst in private practice since 1975, she has published many essays and is the author of Freud & a Cultura (Jorge Zahar, 2003)
Translater: Paulo Henriques Britto
Pub Date: 2008
Paperback: 129 pp