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COVER STORY The Christ child: a life lived for the whole world

WATER RESOURCES Murray-Darling management delivers the worst of both worlds

CANBERRA OBSERVED Libs fish around for explanations

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwanese agree to stick with nuclear power

EDUCATION In support of NAPLAN

VICTORIAN ELECTION Coalition collapse

ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Mondragón Corporation: humanity at work

BREXIT December 12: D-Day for Britain's EU vote

EUTHANASIA WA Government ignores objections and lessons

TAIWAN Referendum stems homosexual tide

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Free trade and the WTO in the Trump era

MUSIC Teacher teachers: The jarring note in music courses

CLASSIC CINEMA The Adventures of Robin Hood: The one and only

BOOK REVIEW A triumph of determination

BOOK REVIEW An escape from futility and addiction

POETRY

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FREUD:
The Making of an Illusion

Frederick Crews

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From the master of Freud debunkers, the book that definitively puts an end to the myth of psychoanalysis and its creator.

Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential figures of Western society. His ideas transformed the way that we think about our minds, our selves and even our thoughts. But while he was undeniably a visionary thinker, Freud’s legend was also the work of years of careful mythologising, and a fierce refusal to accept criticism or scrutiny of his often unprincipled methods.

In Freud: The Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews dismantles Freud’s totemic reputation brick by brick. Looking at recently revealed correspondence, he examines Freud’s own personality, his selfishness, competitiveness and willingness to cut corners and exploit weaknesses to get his own way. He explores Freud’s whole-hearted embracing of cocaine as a therapeutic tool, and the role it played in his own career. And he interrogates Freud’s intellectual legacy, exposing how many of his ideas and conclusions were purely speculative, or taken wholesale from others.

As acidic as it is authoritative, this critique of the man behind the legend is compulsory reading for anyone interested in Freudianism.

 

About the author

Frederick Crews is an essayist and literary critic. Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, Crews is the author of books on Henry James, E. M. Forster and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Postmodern Pooh, a book of satirical essays parodying contemporary criticism (Profile). Crews has written a number of essays, book reviews and commentaries for the New York Review of Books, on topics including Freud.


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