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Bonomi, C. Borgogno, F. (2014). The Ferenczi renaissance: Past, present, and future. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 23(1):1-2.

(2014). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 23(1):1-2


The Ferenczi renaissance: Past, present, and future

Carlo Bonomi and Franco Borgogno

The papers of this Special Number of the International Forum of Psychoanalysis are a selection of the papers that were presented at the International Sándor Ferenczi Conference held in Budapest from May 31 to June 3, 2012. Other papers stemming from the same conference have been published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis (Vol. 73, Issue 4, 2013) and in Le Coq-Héron (No. 212, 2013). The best way to introduce the papers is to briefly outline the corpus to which they belong, that is the contemporary Ferenczi legacy.

There are essentially two elements that have favored the revival and spread of Ferenczi's legacy in contemporary psychoanalysis. The first is the publication in 1985 of The Clinical Diary, which was written by Ferenczi in 1932, shortly before his premature death in 1933. The publication of the Diary was continually postponed because of the negative atmosphere that surrounded Ferenczi, and was in the end made possible by the courage and determination of Judit Dupont, who had in 1970 become Ferenczi's literary representative after the death of his most important pupil, Michael Balint. According Michael Balint's plan, the Diary had to be published at the same time of the publication of some chosen letters from the Freud–Ferenczi correspondence, but this turned out not to be possible because of a veto by Anna Freud. Therefore, only after the death of Anna Freud and the publication of the Diary did the plan to publish a complete edition of the Ferenczi–Freud letters become achievable, thanks to the efforts of André Haynal and of a group of young editors, among which were Ernst Falzeder and Eva Brabant.

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