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Studies in Hysteria (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Sigmund Freud , Joseph Breuer , Rachel Bowlby , Nicola Luckhurst , Adam Phillips
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25 Mar 2004 Penguin Modern Classics
The tormenting of the body by the troubled mind, hysteria is among the most pervasive of human disorders - yet at the same time it is the most elusive. Freud's recognition that hysteria stemmed from traumas in the patient's past transformed the way we think about sexuality. Studies in Hysteria is one of the founding texts of psychoanalysis, revolutionizing our understanding of love, desire and the human psyche.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141184825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141184821
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Moravia; between the ages of four and eighty-two his home was in Vienna: in 1938 Hitler's invasion of Austria forced him to seek asylum in London, where he died in the following year.

His career began with several years of brilliant work on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. He was almost thirty when, after a period of study under Charcot in Paris, his interests first turned to psychology, and another ten years of clinical work in Vienna (at first in collaboration with Breuer, an older colleague) saw the birth of his creation, psychoanalysis. This began simply as a method of treating neurotic patients by investigating their minds, but it quickly grew into an accumulation of knowledge about the workings of the mind in general, whether sick or healthy. Freud was thus able to demonstrate the normal development of the sexual instinct in childhood and, largely on the basis of an examination of dreams, arrived at his fundamental discovery of the unconscious forces that influence our everyday thoughts and actions.

Freud's life was uneventful, but his ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but the whole intellectual climate of the last half-century.


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Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 and died in exile in London in 1939. As a writer and doctor he remains one of the informing voices of the twentieth century.

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Prompted by a chance observation, we have for a number of years been searching among the most diverse forms and symptoms of hysteria for their precipitating cause - the event which, often many years earlier, first gave rise to the phenomenon in question. Read the first page
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Translation 26 July 2004
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This new translation, by Nicola Luckhurst, of Freud's Studien über Hysterie is a remarkable achievement, surpassing James Strachey's classic translation.
What makes it better? It stays very close to the text - obviously. Paradoxically, this means that the text is rougher, and more open. Luckhurst's translation preserves Freud's physical metaphors, the peculiarity of style and with this the feel that Freud is developing a new language for his new science, psychoanalysis. In this translation, Freud is not the dour, august professor but the young explorer discovering sexuality and desire.
Luckhurst has an exquisitely sensitive ear for Freud's language. For example, she picks up a number of metaphors related to pregnancy, labor, and childbirth that had disappeared in Strachey's translation: "These metaphors, often neutralized in earlier translations, seem important in that they indicate an unconscious feminine identification - by which I mean Freud's empathy (or counter-transference) for his patients as women and as mothers. Recovering these metaphors may allow hysteria to signify differently, as we hear Freud's patients dis-identify with their maternal or pregnant self, and project it into the psychoanalyst."
For anyone interested Freud and psychoanalysis, the Translator's Preface is worth the price of the book.
In sum: this new translation of one of the founding texts of psychoanalysis is a great read - and it will change the way we read Freud.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hughie 30 Dec 2013
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Unable to complete due to computer up grade I lost the book & could not retrieve it, hard going to start with
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Translation 26 July 2004
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Format:Paperback
This new translation, by Nicola Luckhurst, of Freud's Studien über Hysterie is a remarkable achievement, surpassing James Strachey's classic translation.

What makes it better? It stays very close to the text - obviously. Paradoxically, this means that the text is rougher, and more open. Luckhurst's translation preserves Freud's physical metaphors, the peculiarity of style and with this the feel that Freud is developing a new language for his new science, psychoanalysis. In this translation, Freud is not the dour, august professor but the young explorer discovering sexuality and desire.

Luckhurst has an exquisitely sensitive ear for Freud's language. For example, she picks up a number of metaphors related to pregnancy, labor, and childbirth that had disappeared in Strachey's translation: "These metaphors, often neutralized in earlier translations, seem important in that they indicate an unconscious feminine identification - by which I mean Freud's empathy (or counter-transference) for his patients as women and as mothers. Recovering these metaphors may allow hysteria to signify differently, as we hear Freud's patients dis-identify with their maternal or pregnant self, and project it into the psychoanalyst."

For anyone interested Freud and psychoanalysis, the Translator's Preface is worth the price of the book.

In sum: this new translation of one of the founding texts of psychoanalysis is a great read - and it will change the way we read Freud.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hidden drives beneath hysteria 27 Jan 2001
By Maurizio Pompili - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating book that explores the hidden factors behind anxiety, written when Freud was still studying his first hysterical patients that became famous in the psychoanalytic literature. The collaboration with Breur was actually sealed with this book, but ironically it was also the end of their friendship. Apart from the psychoanalytic concepts, the reader can really enjoy the five case studies included in "Study on hysteria". Only one case study was written by Breur and this goes to show that Freud really wanted to go deep into the unconscious whereas Breur after the first patient didn't go any further; basically because he would have had to confront himself with the patient's sexual drives as well as his instincts. This is a very stimulating book that allows the reader to appreciate the kind of female patients affected by hysteria before the 20th century, that were not understood by most psychiatrists. Freud menaged to understand why the repression of the sexual instinct led to a neurosis.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading in public schools 29 Jan 2008
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I'm not disputing the first reviewer who gave the book one star because it is a poor translation. Strachey's translation is good enough, though, to make the book readable, and it should be read by everyone. Freud's clarity of thought and insight and pure intelligence is well represented in this book, and it serves as a decent introduction to elementary psychoanalysis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of writing in Science 30 April 2012
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
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This may be one of the very few works of scientific research which is more than 100 years old, and is still being read by the non-professional. Since the work is so well known, and since another reviewer has commented on the translation, a matter on which I am not qualified, I will limit myself to the virtues of the Kindle edition.

Often, Kindle editions of older works are dumb as bricks. But this edition has at least three facets which are essential for a scholarly book, in addition to the usual ability of Kindle to search texts. First, it has a complete, active table of contents, including references to the Bibliography, Notes, and printed index. Second, it has active "drill down" notes. This may be the second most valuable asset of e-books, after searching. Footnotes are bad enough, when there are many, because they are often hard to read. End notes are a disaster if you really need them (as when you are writing a paper.) The third is the combination of printed index and the fact that the Kindle gives the page number of the printed edition. Searching may be quicker, but the original index will give you the places where a topic discussion is important, as when it spans several pages.

I did notice one glitch, which was unworthy of an edition at this price. The Active table of contents reference to a list of appreviations pointed to the space between the previous and the following entry. Somehow, that list was left out. I got this book when I was doing a paper on the Salem Witch Trials, and it was eminantly helpful. There are few references more impressive than when you cite "really important" sources from the likes of Freud, Darwin, Einstein, Newton, and Faraday rather than to some secondary reference about these people and their work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition is the Brill translation 1 May 2013
By Charles Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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A warning to anyone contemplating buying the Kindle edition listed here. It's a copy of the A. A. Brill translation, not the Nicola Lockhurst/Penguin edition it's paired with.

I tried to contact Amazon about this, but true to form, doesn't seem there's a way to communicate with them! ;-)
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