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The Secret Artist: A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud

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Widely acclaimed for giving "an understanding of the connection between Nietzsches personal experience and his most famous ideas" (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times) in her biography of Nietzsche, Nietzsche in Turin, Chamberlain now renders a similar service to readers of Freud. In this book, part biography, part literary criticism, she takes the reader into the mind of Freud, toward a better understanding of the thinker, his work, and art itself. The very idea of the subconcious as a constant, active presence in our daily lives was Freuds greatest contribution and has allowed generations of people to experience their lives more deeply. His rigorous exploration of the dynamism and structures of the subconscious, Chamberlain argues, was in itself an important work of art. Using Freuds own writing on art and the aesthetic theories of thinkers ranging from Nietzsche to Lionel Trilling, Chamberlain examines Freuds art and shows how his imaginative creations have revolutionized not only mental health, but our thinking about art in general, by opening up the individual subconscious as a subject. In elegant, accessible prose she describes how "Freud split the aesthetic atom, releasing a vast energy for individual creativity."

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By positing that the father of modern psychiatry was "fundamentally an artist, " Lesley Chamberlain explores the meaning of Freud's life and work through a new lens. His rigorous examination of the dynamism and structures of the unconscious, she argues, is in itself an important work of art. Drawing on Freud's writing on art and aesthetics, Chamberlain uses part biography and part critique to recast the legacy of a genius in The Secret Artist.

About the Author

The topics of LESLEY CHAMBERLAINS numerous books range from food to philosophy. Chamberlain is a regular contributor to newspapers and journals in Britain and the United States, including The Times and The Times Literary Supplement (both of London). She is the author of Nietzsche in Turin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583225776
Author:
Chamberlain, Lesley
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Psychoanalysts
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.24x6.38x.91 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , By positing that the father of modern psychiatry was "fundamentally an artist, " Lesley Chamberlain explores the meaning of Freud's life and work through a new lens. His rigorous examination of the dynamism and structures of the unconscious, she argues, is in itself an important work of art. Drawing on Freud's writing on art and aesthetics, Chamberlain uses part biography and part critique to recast the legacy of a genius in The Secret Artist.
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