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Bonomi, C. Rand, N. (1999). Psychoanalysis, Language and Deconstruction in the Work of Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. Psychoanal. Hist., 1(2):252-260.

(1999). Psychoanalysis and History, 1(2):252-260

Psychoanalysis, Language and Deconstruction in the Work of Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok

Carlo Bonomi and Nicholas Rand

Carlo Bonomi writes: Maria Torok, a clinical and training analyst in Paris from 1956 to 1996, died on 25 March 1998 in New York City. Obituaries in The New York Times, The Independent of London, and Le Monde, among others, called attention to the ever-increasing influence of her works, for the most part written in collaboration with the late Nicolas Abraham. In the summer of 1998 I interviewed Nicholas Rand, Professor of French Literature and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and most recently author, with Maria Torok, of Questions for Freud: The Secret History of Psychoanalysis. Nicholas Rand is also consultant-at-large for the Ferenczi estate controlled by Judith Dupont, as well as executor of the intellectual and artistic estate of Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok.

Carlo Bonomi: For the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about the crisis of psychoanalysis, yet what is happening in the USA is paradoxical, to say the least. True, psychoanalysis has tended to disappear from the very departments of psychiatry that had been overwhelmed by medical psychoanalysis in the 1960s; it is also a fact that humanities departments and literary critics in particular continue to speak a Freudian language. A clear indication of this seachange is that Frederick Crews, the self-proclaimed head of the Freud-bashers, is himself an erstwhile literary critic. Thus, even the battlefield seems to have shifted as the ‘war’ over Freud has taken on new characteristics.

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