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Dark Traces of the Past: Psychoanalysis and Historical Thinking

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Dark Traces of the Past

Psychoanalysis and Historical Thinking

Edited by Jürgen Straub and Jörn Rüsen

232 pages, 6 ills, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-753-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2011)

eISBN 978-1-84545-399-2 eBook

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Contraryto the functions ordinarily focused upon, Dark Traces of the Pastopens a considerably expanded scope of functions for psychoanalytically oriented historical studies, designating potentials of psychoanalysis that historical research and historiography will not be able to ignore at length without disadvantage.”  ·  SirReadaLot


The relationship between historical studies and psychoanalysis remains an open debate that is full of tension, in both a positive and a negative sense. In particular, the following question has not been answered satisfactorily: what distinguishes a psychoanalytically oriented study of historical realities from a historical psychoanalysis? Skepticism and fear of collaboration dominate on both sides. Initiating a productive dialogue between historical studies and psychoanalysis seems to be plagued by ignorance and, at times, a sense of helplessness. Interdisciplinary collaborations are rare. Empirical research, formulation of theory, and the development of methods are essentially carried out within the conventional disciplinary boundaries. This volume undertakes to overcome these limitations by combining psychoanalytical and historical perspectives and thus exploring the underlying “unconscious” dimensions and by informing academic and nonacademic forms of historical memory. Moreover, it puts special emphasis on transgenerational forms of remembrance, on the notion of trauma as a key concept in this field, and on case studies that point the way to further research.

Subject: General History


Preface to the Series
Alon Confino

List of Figures

Introduction: Psychoanalysis, History and Historical Studies: A Systematic Introduction
Jürgen Straub


Chapter 1. Three Memory Anchors: Affect, Symbol, Trauma
Alaida Assmann

Chapter 2. Origin and Ritualisation of Historical Awareness: A Group Analytic View and an Ethnohermeneutic Case Reconstruction
Hans Bosse

Chapter 3. Identity, Overvaluation and Re-presentating Forgetting
Hinderk M. Emrich


Chapter 4. Transgenerational Trauma, Identification and Historical Consciousness
Werner Bohleber

Chapter 5. On the Myth of Objective Research after Auschwitz: Unconscious entanglements with the National Socialist past in the investigation of long-term psychosocial consequences of the Shoah in the Federal Republic of Germany
Kurt Grünberg

Chapter 6. Understanding Transgenerational Transmission: The Burden of History in Families of Jewish Victims and their National Socialist Perpetrators
Jürgen Straub


Chapter 7. On Social and Psychological Foundations of Anti-Semitism
Karola Brede

Chapter 8. From Religious Fantasies of Omnipotence to Scientific Myths of Emancipation: Freud and the Dialectics of Psychohistory
José Brunner

Chapter 9. Working Towards a Discourse of Shame: (Working with Shame Discourse) - A Psychoanalytical Perspective on Postwar German Literary Criticism
Irmgard Wagner

Notes on the Contributors

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