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Dual Allegiance

Freud as a Modern Jew

Moshe Gresser

Publication Year: 1994

Using Freud’s correspondence, this book argues that his Jewishness was in fact a source of energy and pride for him and that he identified with both Jewish and humanist traditions. Gresser presents an extended analysis of Freud’s personal correspondence. Arranged in chronological order, the material conveys a vivid sense of Freud’s personal and psychological development. Close reading of Freud’s letters, with frequent attention to the original German and its cultural context, allows Gresser to weave a fascinating story of Freud’s life and Jewish commitments, as seen through the words of the master himself. The book culminates in an extended discussion of Freud’s last and most deliberately Jewish work, Moses and Monotheism. Gresser thus initiates a discussion about modern Jewish identity that will be of interest to anyone concerned about questions of the relationship between tradition and modernity, and between the particular and the universal, that moderns struggle with in the search for authenticity.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Front Matter

Half Title Page

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p. ii-ii

Title Page

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p. iii-iii

Copyright Page

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p. iv-iv

Dedication Page

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p. v-v

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

At many points in the years I have worked on this book, people have question could be either curious in a friendly sort of way, and sympa thetic to the subject matter, or hostile and challenging, seeking a justifi cation. The friendly ones seemed to assume that enough had already been written on the subject of Freud's Jewish identity-Freud was a ...

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pp. 11-12

Permission to print selected materials is gratefully acknowledged from ...

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pp. 1-22

This book, a study of Sigmund Freud's correspondence as it relates to his Jewish identity, presents evidence for and argues in support of two claims. First, Freud's Jewish identity, far from being a single homogenous reality, in fact develops in three stages-early (to 1907), middle (1907-23), and late (1923-39).1 These periods are reflexes of one another, ...

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The Early Period

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pp. 23-131

Freud's Jewish and humanist educations are an important biographical crucible for his self-understanding, both as a Jew and as a humanist, and so their description as a context for understanding Freud's correspondence will be helpful. In addition, such a description will indicate the reservoir of Jewish knowledge and information that Freud might have ...

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The Middle Period

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pp. 132-188

In his three-volume biography of Freud, Ernest Jones titles the period from 1901-6, "Emergence from Isolation." The designation is apt, for in this period Freud begins to move psychoanalysis out of an exclusively Jewish environment into the larger, Gentile world. But as psychoanalysis "goes public," Freud's Jewishness retreats behind a "Gentile facade" ...

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The Late Period

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pp. 174-244

The years 1920-23 were painful ones for Freud, full of the deaths of loved ones and friends, culminating with the threat to his own life. Following the devastations of World War I, it is little wonder that Freud is pessimistic and bitter. On 20 January 1920 Freud's friend and great benefactor to psychoanalysis, Anton von Freund, died of cancer at the ...

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Dual Allegiance and Modern Identity

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pp. 245-251

From this survey, it is obvious that Freud's attitude toward his Jewishness over the course of his life was a critical, and not incidental or peripheral, element of his identity. Freud's Jewishness mattered to him, and he credited it with some basic elements of his character, including independence of mind, courage to stand firm in his convictions when alone and ...

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pp. 253-290

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 291-302

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pp. 303-304

As I was preparing the index for this book, Freud's letter to Marie Bonaparte, written from his London exile and containing a discussion of his kiddush cups, came to my attention (Lawrence Douglas and Alexander George, "Freud's Phonographic Memory and the Case of the Missing Kiddush Cups," ...

General Index

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pp. 319-338

Index of Sigmund Freud's Letters

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pp. 339-353

Back Cover

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p. 340-340

E-ISBN-13: 9781438404813
E-ISBN-10: 1438404816
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791418116
Print-ISBN-10: 0791418111

Page Count: 337
Publication Year: 1994