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Hartke, R. (2016). The Oedipus Complex: A Confrontation at the Central Cross-Roads of Psychoanalysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(3):893-913.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(3):893-913

The Oedipus Complex: A Confrontation at the Central Cross-Roads of Psychoanalysis

Raul Hartke

(Accepted for publication 1 May 2015)

The theory of the Oedipus complex as Freud formulated it rests on the following pillars: the child's characteristic sexual and aggressive impulses concerning the parents, phallic monism, and the castration complex. This paper reviews the context in which Freud discovered the Oedipus complex, as well as Freud's theory. It then examines the proposals of later authors whose general Oedipal theories differ from Freud's in an attempt to point out both their possible correlations and confrontations with Freud. It includes Klein's pre-genital Oedipal theory, Lacan's structuralist reinterpretation, Bion's reconception of the complex under the knowledge vertex, Green's generalized triangulation theory, Meltzer's notions of the aesthetic object and sexual mental states, and Chasseguet-Smirgel's archaic Oedipal matrix

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