© 2012

History and Psyche

Culture, Psychoanalysis, and the Past

  • Editors
  • Sally Alexander
  • Barbara Taylor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Sally Alexander, Barbara Taylor
      Pages 1-10
  3. Freud, Freudianism, and History

  4. Psychoanalytic Pasts

  5. Psychoanalysis and Historical Subjectivities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Barbara Taylor
      Pages 195-210
    3. Adam Phillips
      Pages 211-217
    4. Luisa Passerini
      Pages 305-324

About this book


Today, a widening range of historical phenomena are being examined through the psychoanalytic lens, while the psychoanalytic tradition itself is coming in for unprecedented historical scrutiny. This collection of essays showcases the innovative, and sometimes contentious, encounters between psychoanalysis and history.


Britain democracy Europe history Martin Luther memory psyche psychoanalysis psychology psychotherapy

About the authors

T. G. Ashplant, Liverpool John Moores University, UK Peter Burke, University of Cambridge, UK John Forrester, University of Cambridge, UK Rhodri Hayward, Queen Mary, University of London, UK Katharine Hodgkin, University of East London, UK Elizabeth Lunbeck, Vanderbilt University, USA Laura Marcus, Oxford University, UK Luisa Passerini, University of Turin, Italy Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and writer Alex Potts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Lyndal Roper, Oxford University, UK Michael Roper, University of Essex, UK Michael S. Roth, Wesleyan University, USA Pamela Thurschwell, University of Sussex, UK

Bibliographic information


'This rich and interesting collection will provide an essential resource for those wanting to explore creative encounters between psychoanalysis and history.' - Radical Philosophy

"For a century psychoanalysts have carefully listened to their patient's accounts of their past and together have constructed 'a history.' This volume has brilliantly transformed that past into a rich and moving account of psychoanalytical historiography." - Christopher Bollas, psychoanalyst

"The authors of these provocative and wonderfully inviting essays have put psychoanalysis back on the historical agenda: they show the pertinence of psychoanalysis for history writing today and at the same time provide important new historical perspectives on the articulation of psychoanalysis as a method." - Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, UCLA, USA