Ferenczi Dialogues

On Trauma and Catastrophe

Raluca Soreanu, Jakob Staberg, and Jenny Wilner

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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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Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

200 pages

ISBN: 9789462703520

Publication: January 09, 2023

Series: Figures of the Unconscious 19

Languages: English

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 is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
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.

The book makes important contributions towards bringing to light S. Ferenczi's reflections on trauma and catastrophe. This author's unique way of thinking and working clinically on these themes was not properly valued for long decades in the history of psychoanalysis. With this, the book also contributes to paying off a symbolic debt that the history of psychoanalysis owes to the rich legacy of S. Ferenczi.
Rafael Alves Lima, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)