Appraisals and Reappraisals
Edited by Paul E. Stepansky
Routledge – 1985 – 288 pages
A response to the veritable renaissance in Freud studies, Freud: Appraisals and Reappraisals presents the readers with the fruits of recent scholarship on Freud, the man and scientist, and the origins and development of the psychoanalytic movement spawned by his work. The premier volume of this series offers three major essays embodying different tributaries of contemporary Freud research. Peter Swales, drawing on extensive archival research, reveals the identity and explores the life and times of the woman Freud terms his first "teacher," but presented to his readers only as the "Frau Caecilie M" of the Studies on Hysteria. Barry Silverstein brings together complementary strands of textual analysis and psychobiographical reconstruction in his provocative reconsideration of the circumstances surrounding Freud's lost papers on metapsychology. Finally, Edwin Wallace's integrative review of Freud's scattered remarks on ethics and morality, combined with his appraisal of Freud's personal ethics, yield a measured and scholarly account of Freud as "ethicist." Briefer essays on Freud and the oral tradition (Patrick Mahony), Freud's psychology of religion (Paul Stepansky), and recent assessments of Freud's character (John Gedo) round out a volume that is destined for a place of distinction in the secondary literature on Freud. Collectively, these essays represent a most auspicious debut for the new series; they admirably bear out Paul Stepansky's intent of "presenting readers with original articles that embody high scholarship an a thought-provoking and imaginative use of the fruits of this scholarship."
"The overall introduction to the volume and series is excellent. The six essays are rich and often timely. They range across a large spectrum of studies of Freud and vary in focus, method, and purpose."
- Robert Sollod, Contemporary Psychology
Four of the six contributors to the present volume are from disciplines other than psychoanalysis and medicine. May their tribe increase; they breathe new life into the study of Freud. . . . the research appears to be impeccable in every case and the quality of writing throughout no doubt owes much to Dr. Stepansky's careful editing."
- Judith Aronson, International Review of Psychoanalysis
1. Freud, His Teacher, and the Birth of Psychoanalysis, Swales 2. Freud as Ethicist, Wallace 3. "Now Comes a Sad Story": Freud's Lost Metapsychological Papers, Silverstein 4. The Oral Tradition, Freud, and Psychoanalytic Writing, Mahony 5. Feuerbach and Jung as Religious Critics - With a Note on Freud's Psychology of Religion, Stepansky 6. On the Origins of the Theban Plague: Assessments of Sigmund Freud's Character, Gedo
Paul E. Stepansky received his doctorate in European intellectual history from Yale University, where he was named the first Kanzer Foundation Fellow for Psychoanalytic Studies in the Humanities. One of the foremost psychoanalytic editors in the country, he served as the Managing Director of Analytic Press until 2006. He is the author of numerous books on Sigmund Freud as well as The Memoirs of Margaret S. Mahler.