New Book Announcement – After Freud Left (ed. John Burnham)

The University of Chicago Press has just published a new edited volume entitled After Freud Left.  Edited by John Burnham, the volume includes contributions from a number of leading scholars on the development of psychoanalysis in the United States following Freud’s visit to Clark University in August and September of 1909.  The Press describes the book this way.

There has been a flood of recent scholarship on Freud’s life and on the European and world history of psychoanalysis, but historians have produced relatively little on the proliferation of psychoanalytic thinking in the United States, where Freud’s work had monumental intellectual and social impact. The essays in After Freud Left provide readers with insights and perspectives to help them understand the uniqueness of Americans’ psychoanalytic thinking, as well as the forms in which the legacy of Freud remains active in the United States in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents


Part I. 1909 to the 1940s: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Movement Cross the Atlantic

Introduction to Part I: Transnationalizing  Chapter 1: Sonu Shamdasani, “Psychotherapy, 1909: Notes on a Vintage” Chapter 2: Richard Skues, “Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America” Chapter 3: Ernst Falzeder, “‘A Fat Wad of Dirty Pieces of Paper’: Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and America” Chapter 4: George Makari, “Mitteleuropa on the Hudson: On the Struggle Over American Psychoanalysis after the Anschluss” Chapter 5: Hale Usak-Sahin, “Another Dimension of the Émigré Experience: From Central Europe to the United States Via Turkey”

Part II. After World War II: The Fate of Freud’s Legacy in American Culture

Introduction to Part II: A Shift in Perspective  Chapter 6: Dorothy Ross, “Freud and the Vicissitudes of Modernism in America, 1940-1980” Chapter 7: Louis Menand, “Freud, Anxiety, and the Cold War” Chapter 8: Elizabeth Lunbeck, “Heinz Kohut’s Americanization of Freud” Chapter 9: Jean-Christophe Agnew, “The Walking Man and the Talking Cure”


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