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Freudianism and the 20th century Left

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  • Wed 15 Mar 2017 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-03-15 17:00 2017-03-15 19:00 Europe/Paris Freudianism and the 20th century Left

Abstract by Professor Eli Zaretsky: By Political Freud I mean the uses to which Freud was put by twentieth century radicals, political intellectuals and reformers. I will argue that there were three stages in this process: repression, sublimation, and regression: first, Freud's themes of the father complex and group psychology were used to analyze both the dictatorships of the last century and to analyze racism, especially its quintessential form-- the lynch mob (repression). Second, Freudian thought was mobilized by the Frankfurt School, and by native-born American radicals to criticize mass consumption society (sublimation). Finally, Freudianism was used by the New Left and the women’s movement of the 1970s, which internalized Freud’s ideas even as they turned them against Freud to define a new politics, today’s feminism, multiculturalism and gay liberation (regression). What would a fourth stage look like today?

Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Abstract by Professor Eli Zaretsky: By Political Freud I mean the uses to which Freud was put by twentieth century radicals, political intellectuals and reformers. I will argue that there were three stages in this process: repression, sublimation, and regression: first, Freud's themes of the father complex and group psychology were used to analyze both the dictatorships of the last century and to analyze racism, especially its quintessential form-- the lynch mob (repression). Second, Freudian thought was mobilized by the Frankfurt School, and by native-born American radicals to criticize mass consumption society (sublimation). Finally, Freudianism was used by the New Left and the women’s movement of the 1970s, which internalized Freud’s ideas even as they turned them against Freud to define a new politics, today’s feminism, multiculturalism and gay liberation (regression). What would a fourth stage look like today?


Location:
Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Laura Lee Downs

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Speaker:
Prof. Eli Zaretsky (The New School for Social Research)

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