It will not have passed unnoticed that it will not be easy to find this work a disciplinary niche. Is it a historical work, attempting to get straight the historical record, attempting to find a certain ‘reading’ that could be reiterated endlessly, and still remain a definitive reading, as if, once read, Freud would not have to be reread? Or is this work an attempt to reformulate, via a historico-conceptual argument, the foundations of psychoanalysis, so that, where we once saw biology we now see philology, where we once saw symbolic decoding, we now see phonetic switching, where we once saw the discharge of fixated energy we now see the rule-like transformations of a personal script?


Nineteenth Century Specific Form Historical Record Direct Approach Late Nineteenth Century 
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© John Forrester 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Forrester
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  1. 1.CambridgeUK

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