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Freud, race, and gender / Sander L. Gilman

Main Author Gilman, Sander L. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Princeton : Princeton University Press, imp. 1995 Description XVI, 277 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-691-02586-X CDU 19 FREUD 159.964.2 296
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A Jew in a violently anti-Semitic world, Sigmund Freud was forced to cope with racism even in the "serious" medical literature of the fin de siècle, which described Jews as inherently pathological and sexually degenerate. In this provocative book, Sander L. Gilman argues that Freud's internalizing of these images of racial difference shaped the questions of psychoanalysis. Examining a variety of scientific writings, Gilman discusses the prevailing belief that male Jews were "feminized," as stated outright by Jung and others, and concludes that Freud dealt with his anxiety about himself as a Jew by projecting it onto other cultural "inferiors"--such as women. Gilman's fresh view of the origins of psychoanalysis challenges those who separate Freud's revolutionary theories from his Jewish identity.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Freud's Jewish Identity and Its Interpretation (p. 3)
  • Ch.1 Sigmund Freud and the Epistemology of Race (p. 12)
  • Freud and Race (p. 12)
  • The Mind of the Jew (p. 23)
  • The Transmutation of the Rhetoric of Race into the Construction of Gender (p. 36)
  • Ch.2 (p. 49)
  • The Indelibility of Circumcision (p. 49)
  • Reading the Meaning of Circumcision (p. 56)
  • Circumcision and Disease (p. 60)
  • Freud and Circumcision (p. 70)
  • Ch.3 Jewish Madness and Gender (p. 93)
  • The Predisposition of Jews to Specific Forms of Mental Illness (p. 93)
  • Trauma and Trains: The Testing Ground of Masculinity (p. 113)
  • Reading Insanity: Male Homosexuality and the Rhetoric of Race (p. 132)
  • Conclusion: Systemic Diseases: Cancer and Anti-Semitism (p. 169)
  • Whose Cancer Is It, Anyway? Freud's Male Body as the Locus of Disease (p. 169)
  • The Circumcised Body as the Precipitating Factor for a Social Disease: Males and Anti-Semitism (p. 179)
  • Notes (p. 201)
  • Index (p. 267)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Gilman synthesizes the work of psychoanalysts, Freud biographers, literary critics, and historians to provide this impressive new reading of the meanings of "race" and "gender" in Freud's time. With admirable scholarship, the author tackles numerous assumptions about the manner in which Freud's Jewish male identity shaped his scientific stance in and against antisemitic culture. Since many of Freud's key concepts, particularly those about women, take on new dimensions in light of Gilman's analysis, this is an essential book for fin-de-si`ecle cultural studies, Jewish studies, and the history of psychology and medicine. The book also has great relevance to contemporary debates on multiculturalism. Excellent notes and index. Advanced undergraduate through faculty. T. Sloan; University of Tulsa

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Sander L. Gilman is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Liberal Arts in Human Biology at the University of Chicago. He holds positions there as Professor of Germanic Studies and Professor of Psychiatry and is a member of the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and the Committee on Jewish Studies. He is a cultural and literary historian and the author or editor of over forty books.

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