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Mapping LivesThe Uses of Biography$
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Peter France and William St Clair

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263181

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.001.0001

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Freud and the Art of Biography

Freud and the Art of Biography

(p.176) (p.177) 10 Freud and the Art of Biography
Mapping Lives

Malcolm Bowie

British Academy

This chapter discusses Freud and the art of biography. It discusses Freud's psychoanalysis, which took an important role in the structuring of biographies, and the role of writing of lives in clinical psychoanalysis. Although Freud understated the role that writing lives has had in clinical psychoanalysis, biographies nevertheless contributed to Freudian psychoanalysis. While they were initially seen from a different perspective, clinical psychoanalysis is, on the whole, closely related to biography, for the encounter between the ‘analysand’ and the analyst involves the writing and rewriting of a life history.

Keywords:   Freud, art of biography, psychoanalysis, structuring biographies, writing of lives, clinical psychoanalysis, Freudian psychoanalysis

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