Understanding psychoanalysis

Matthew Sharpe, Joanne Faulkner

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Understanding Psychoanalysis presents a broad introduction to the key concepts and developments in psychoanalysis and its impact on modern thought. Charting pivotal moments in the theorization and reception of psychoanalysis, the book provides a comprehensive account of the concerns and development of Freud’s work, as well as his most prominent successors, Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan. The work of these leading psychoanalytic theorists has greatly influenced thinking across other disciplines, notably feminism, film studies, poststructuralism, social and cultural theory, the philosophy of science and the emerging discipline of neuropsychoanalysis. Analysing this engagement with other disciplines and their key theorists, Understanding Psychoanalysis argues for a reconsideration of psychoanalysis as a resource for philosophy, science, and cultural studies.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherAcumen Publishing
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)9781844654055
ISBN (Print)9781844651221, 9781844651214
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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