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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), pp. 223-238. ISSN 0002-9548.

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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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: *This paper is part of the Second Toronto Special Issue, The Heritage of a Psychoanalytic Mind (Koritar & Garon, 2017).
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): repetition, reliving, the death drive, ego, instincts, self-preservative drives, Nachträglichkeit
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 12:34
    Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 18:13
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19467

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