By Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg

ISBN-10: 0801450349

ISBN-13: 9780801450341

In Impious Fidelity, Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg investigates the legacy of Anna Freud on the intersection among psychoanalysis as a style of pondering and theorizing and its life as a political entity. Stewart-Steinberg argues that simply because Anna Freud inherited and guided her father's psychoanalytic venture as an institution, research of her suggestion is important to our realizing of the connection among the psychoanalytic and the political. this is often relatively the case on condition that many psychoanalysts and historians of psychiatry cost that Anna Freud's emphasis on protecting the supremacy of the ego opposed to subconscious drives betrayed her father's work.

Are the subconscious and the psychoanalytic undertaking itself at odds with the reliable ego deemed essential to a democratic politics? Hannah Arendt famously (and influentially) argued that they're. yet Stewart-Steinberg keeps that Anna Freud's critics (particularly disciples of Melanie Klein) have simplified her idea and misconstrued her legacy. Stewart-Steinberg seems at Anna Freud's paintings with wartime orphans, since they constructed subjectivity now not via vertical (through the daddy) yet by means of lateral, social ties. This led Anna Freud to revise her father's emphasis on Oedipal sexuality and to posit a revision of psychoanalysis that renders it appropriate with democratic concept and perform. Stewart-Steinberg supplies us an Anna Freud who "betrays" the daddy whilst she protects his legacy and keeps his paintings in a brand new key.

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