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Freud and the Art of Biography

Malcolm Bowie

in Mapping Lives

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263181
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0011

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Freud and the Art of Biography

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This chapter discusses Freud and the art of biography. It discusses Freud's psychoanalysis, which took an important role in the structuring of biographies, and the role of writing of lives in clinical psychoanalysis. Although Freud understated the role that writing lives has had in clinical psychoanalysis, biographies nevertheless contributed to Freudian psychoanalysis. While they were initially seen from a different perspective, clinical psychoanalysis is, on the whole, closely related to biography, for the encounter between the ‘analysand’ and the analyst involves the writing and rewriting of a life history.

Keywords: Freud; art of biography; psychoanalysis; structuring biographies; writing of lives; clinical psychoanalysis; Freudian psychoanalysis

Chapter.  7181 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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