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Mahony, P.J. (1984). Further Reflections on Freud and his Writing. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 32:847-864.

(1984). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 32:847-864

Further Reflections on Freud and his Writing

Patrick J. Mahony, Ph.D.


As we broaden our frames of reference, Freud's genius looms larger. An adequate appreciation of Freud accordingly necessitates an examination of how he read and wrote and how Strachey translated him. Despite the enormous amount of psychoanalytic commentary, the subject of his writing qua writing still remains untapped to a considerable extent. By deepening our awareness of the nuances and implications of the manner in which Freud wrote, we correspondingly increase our knowledge of his original mind and the way he understood psychoanalysis.

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