Ferenczi Dialogues

On Trauma and Catastrophe

Raluca Soreanu (Author), Jakob Staberg (Author), Jenny Willner (Author),

Series: Figures of the Unconscious 19

Category: Literature, Psychoanalysis

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462703520

Publication date: February 14, 2023

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Number of pages: 256

Size: 234 x 156 x 14 mm

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Contemporary reading of Sándor Ferenczi’s trauma theory

Ferenczi Dialogues presents the contribution of Sándor Ferenczi to a psychoanalytic theory of trauma and discusses the philosophical, political and clinical implications of Ferenczi’s thinking. To a far greater extent than Freud, Sándor Ferenczi centered his psychoanalytic thought around trauma.

Ferenczi’s work pluralizes the notion of catastrophe, as being both destructive and a turning point. This book addresses Ferenczi’s work in terms of thinking in times of crises, by considering contemporary situations in constellation with various scenes from the past: the outbreak of the First World War, the crisis of psychoanalysis as an institution, the disastrous final encounter between Ferenczi and Freud, the rise of Fascism and National Socialism, and the impending exile of the founding members of the psychoanalytic movement. Against this backdrop, the authors show how Ferenczi’s late work outlines a new metapsychology of fragments. Ferenczi Dialogues situates the legacy of Ferenczi within the broad interdisciplinary landscape of the social sciences, literary theory, psychoanalytic theory, and clinical practice, and highlights Ferenczi’s relevance for contemporary philosophical discussions in poststructuralism, feminism and new materialism.

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Foreword by Adrienne Harris
Reading Ferenczi A Pirouette Backwards in Seven-League Boots An Introduction by Jenny Willner, Jakob Staberg and Raluca Soreanu
Cuts Through the Contemporary Scene Ferenczi Dialogues – an Outline The Seven Threads of the ‘Ferenczi Revival’
PART 1 Instead of Language: Confusion Sigmund Freud / Sándor Ferenczi Jakob Staberg
Ferenczi in the Psychoanalytic Milieu Transference Trauma The Domain of Dreams A Painful Encounter
‘Too much of the father’: A Schreberian Pre-History response to Jakob Staberg, by Jenny Willner
The Tactile Eye and Queer Spectrality response to Jakob Staberg, by Raluca Soreanu
PART 2 Catastrophes and Genitality Ferenczi’s Thalassa and the Politics of Bioanalysis 91 Jenny Willner
Freud’s Theory of Sexuality Meets Popular Darwinism in a Soldiers’ Library The Fish-Orgy: Wilhelm Bölsche’s Herrings and Ferenczi’s ThalassaWeltanschauung: Fetishistic Disavowal in Popular Darwinism Neurotic Evolution: Bioanalysis vs. Biologism Heroic Organs, Hysteric Organs: The Method of Bioanalysis The Politics of Bioanalysis
Reading Against the Grain: On How Organs Crave Interpretation 131 response to Jenny Willner, by Jakob Staberg
What Does an Organ Do? 137 response to Jenny Willner, by Raluca Soreanu
PART 3 Catastrophe and the Creativity of Fragments Toward a Phenomenology of the Scene of Trauma Raluca Soreanu
A Frame: On Ferenczi’s Model of Memory Repetition Scene Regression
The Dream of Fragments in The Clinical Diary On the Identification with the Aggressor Moment 1: Paralysis Moment 2: Dematerialisation Moment 3: Traumatic Imitation Moment 4: Guilt
Moment 5: Getting Beside Oneself Moment 6: Traumatic Progression Moment 7: Autotomy Moment 8: Neo-Formations Moment 9: Orpha Moment 10: Reconstruction
There is Hope for Life in Fragments: Thinking with Ferenczi’s Images 193 response to Raluca Soreanu, by Jenny Willner
Toward an Eventful Psychoanalysis 203 response to Raluca Soreanu, by Jakob Staberg
Bibliography About the Authors Index

Raluca Soreanu

Raluca Soreanu is a psychoanalyst, member of Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, and professor in Psychoanalytic Studies at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.

Jakob Staberg

Jakob Staberg is a practicing psychoanalyst and member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature and lecturer in aesthetics at Södertörn University.

Jenny Willner

Jenny Willner is assistant professor at the department for comparative literature, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

The interdisciplinarity and the format of dialogue among this threesome has produced a powerful work – in regard to psychoanalytic theory, its history and to the history and importance of Sándor Ferenczi.
Adrienne Harris, New York University (NYU)

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