Abraham and Torok advocate a form of psychoanalysis that insists on the particularity of any individual's life story, the specificity of texts and the singularity of historical situations. In what is both a critique and an extension of Freud, they develop interpretive strategies with implications for clinicians, literary theorists, feminists, philosophers and all others interested in the uses and limits of psychoanalysis. Central to their approach is a general theory of psychic concealment, a poetics of hiding. Whether in a clinical setting or a literary text, they search out the unspeakable secret as a symptom of devastating trauma revealed only in linguistic or behavioural encodings. Their view of trauma provides the linchpin for new psychic and linguistic structures such as the "transgenerational phantom", an undisclosed family secret handed down to an unwitting descendant, and the intrapsychic secret or "crypt" which entombs an unspeakable but consummated desire. Throughout, Abraham and Torok seek to restore communication with those intimate recesses of the mind which are, for one reason or another, denied expression.
The essays in this volume include four previously uncollected works by Maria Torok. Nicholas Rand supplies an introductory essay and commentary throughout.
Acknowledgments Note on the Translation Introduction: Renewals of Psychoanalysis Nicholas T. Rand 1: Fantasy: An Attempt to Define Its Structure and Operation Maria Torok 2: The Meaning of "Penis Envy" in Women Maria Torok 3: The Shell and the Kernel: The Scope and Originality of Freudian Psychoanalysis Nicolas Abraham 4: The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse Maria Torok 5: Mourning or Melancholia: Introjection versus Incorporation Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok. 6: "The Lost Object - Me": Notes on Endocryptic Identification Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok. 7: The Topography of Reality: Sketching a Metapsychology of Secrets Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok 8: Self-to-Self Affliction: Notes of a Conversation on "Psychosomatics" Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok. 9: Notes on the Phantom: A Complement to Freud's Metapsychology Nicolas Abraham 10: Story of Fear: The Symptoms of Phobia - the Return of the Repressed or the Return of the Phantom? Maria Torok 11: The Phantom of Hamlet or The Sixth Act, preceded by The Intermission of "Truth" Nicolas Abraham 12: Psychoanalysis Lithographica Nicolas Abraham 13: Unpublished by Freud to Fliess: Restoring an Oscillation Maria Torok 14: A Remembrance of Things Deleted: Between Sigmund Freud and Emmy von N. Maria Torok 15: Theoretra: An Alternative to Theory Maria Torok Selected Bibliography Index