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Charles Melman – Why Was Psychoanalysis Founded by an Emigrant?


The Letter Issue 66-67 (Autumn 2017/Spring 2018) Pages 69-74


This paper addresses the question ‘Why was psychoanalysis founded by an emigrant?’ It draws parallels between Freud’s position in relation to his father and that of both emigrant and hysteric. It is proposed that the position of the emigrant is fundamentally a guilty one in relation to the father and therefore the problem posed by emigrants is not simply at the origin of psychoanalysis but is still current to psychoanalysis. 


Keywords: Freud; Psychoanalysis; masochism; emigrant; hysteric; father

Why Was Psychoanalysis Founded by an Emigrant?

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