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Something Was Lost in Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle: A Ferenczian Reading

Soreanu, Raluca (2017) 'Something Was Lost in Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle: A Ferenczian Reading.' The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 77 (3). 223 - 238. ISSN 0090-3604

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Abstract

Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) brought a lot of new possibilities to psychoanalytic theory, but also a series of losses. While I recognize the importance of the death drive as a metapsychological construct, I argue that the first thing that went missing with the arrival of this groundbreaking Freudian text is the theorization of the ego instincts or the self-preservative drives. Freud never articulated some plausible inheritors of the ego instincts. I follow the Budapest School, and especially the voice of Sándor Ferenczi, for addressing this loss. The second thing that went missing after Beyond the Pleasure Principle is our openness in thinking through repetition. With the seductive formulation of the “daemonic” repetition in this 1920 text, our theoretical imagination around repetition seems to have been affected. I draw on the work of Sándor Ferenczi for exploring new forms of repetition. Finally, I offer a Ferenczian re-reading of the Freudian Nachträglichkeit, which I see as crucial in the process of pluralizing our thinking on repetition.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 15:58
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25916

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