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Introduction

Veronika Fuechtner

in Berlin Psychoanalytic

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520258372
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950382 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258372.003.0001
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This book recovers the radiant cultural and intellectual history of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (BPI) in the years between the end of World War I and the rise of the Third Reich and traces the BPI's world-wide impact on culture and psychoanalysis. The word Berlin Psychoanalytic itself supports an explanation beyond the grammatical. It reminds one of the postwar American shorthand for psychoanalytic institutes as in “the New York Psychoanalytic” and thus fixes the term to the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute as its point of departure. The Berlin Psychoanalytic denotes a specific relationship between psychoanalysis and culture. Psychoanalysis in Weimar Berlin was considered not only a new clinical theory but also a political mission and part of a cultural avant-garde. The Berlin Psychoanalytic offers a reminder of an unusual instance of conjunction between the sciences and the arts, when psychoanalytic journals reviewed novels, and novelists reviewed psychoanalytic congresses.

Keywords: psychoanalysis; Weimar Berlin; Berlin psychoanalytic; New York; sciences

Chapter.  6262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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