Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America

Richard Skues

in After Freud Left

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226081373
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226081397 | DOI:
Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America

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This chapter uses a historical microscope to examine the iconic 1909 Clark conference and lectures. Carl Jung's presence in the American literature prior to 1909 gave his reputation in America a different character from Sigmund Freud's. Psychoanalysis developed no coherent body of thought in America before 1909, and Jung's work had an independent existence that cannot be apprehended as a mere reflection of Freud's project. It is suggested that Jung's attendance at the Clark conference and the content of his lectures dealt with a patchwork of interests and functions. From Freud's point of view, Jung unquestionably was there as a confirmed representative of psychoanalysis and also to act as his principal lieutenant. During the months immediately following the Clark conference a sudden rise in interest in Freud and psychoanalysis formed. Thus, his visit might mark a decisive event in the history of psychoanalysis in America.

Keywords: psychoanalysis; 1909 Clark conference; Carl Jung; America; Sigmund Freud; lectures

Chapter.  16385 words.  Illustrated.

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