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    ‘No memory, no desire’: psychoanalysis in Brazil during repressive times

    Rubin, A. and Mandelbaum, B. and Frosh, Stephen (2016) ‘No memory, no desire’: psychoanalysis in Brazil during repressive times. Psychoanalysis and History 18 (1), pp. 93-118. ISSN 1460-8235.

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    Until recently, the growth and significance of Brazilian psychoanalysis has been neglected in histories of psychoanalysis. Not only is this history long and rich in its professional and cultural dimensions, but there was an especially important ‘event’ – the so-called ‘Cabernite-Lobo affair’ – that took place during the period of the military dictatorship, which can be seen as dramatising some of the issues concerning the erasure of memory in psychoanalysis, especially in connection with political difficulties. In this paper, we provide an outline of the origins and dissemination of psychoanalysis in Brazil before looking again at the Cabernite-Lobo affair in order to examine in a situated way how psychoanalysis engages with political extremism, and particularly to explore the consequences of an unthinking generalisation of the idea of ‘neutrality’ from the consulting room to the institutional setting. We draw especially on Brazilian papers in Portuguese, which have not been accessible in the English-language psychoanalytic literature.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in PSYCHOANALYSIS AND HISTORY
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): psychoanalysis, Brazil, Latin America, Cabernite-Lobo affair, neutrality, dictatorship
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Stephen Frosh
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 17:56
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:16


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