Psychoanalysis Unit


Preliminary Reading List

1.         Milton J., Fabricius J. & Polmear C. (2011) A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Second Edition, Sage - THIS IS A MUST READ!

2.         Peter Gay (1988), Freud: A Life For Our Time. London: JM Dent & Sons Ltd.

This biography of Freud provides an overview of his life and of the academic life of other early psychoanalysts. It also discusses his Jewishness - the way it influenced his life and the anti-Semitism in Vienna - while emphasising his bourgeois aspirations

3.         Eric Rayner (1991), The Independent Mind in British Psychoanalysis. Free Association Books.

4.         Jeremy Holmes & Anthony Bateman (1995), An Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice. Routledge.

A guide to the main principles and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Designed as an introductory text suitable for a wide range of courses, this account presents the core features of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice.

5.         Joseph Sandler et al (1997), Freud's Models of the Mind. London: Karnac Books - THIS IS A MUST READ!

6.         Joseph Sandler et al (1992), The Patient and The Analyst. London: Karnac Books

7.         Richard Wollheim (1991), Freud: A Modern Master, Reissued 2nd Ed., HarperCollins.

This is a biography of the life and work of Sigmund Freud. It attempts to provide an analysis of the mind at work, as well as the story of a long and intricate process of discovery. The book takes the form of analysis, but the author also recreates the personality and feelings of Freud.

8.         Peter Fonagy & Mary Target (2003), Psychoanalytic Theories: Perspectives from Developmental Psychopathology.London: Whurr Publishers.

An introduction to theories taught on the MSc course, together with some others.

9.         Rosine Perelberg (Ed.), (2005), Freud: A Modern Reader. London: Whurr Publishers.

10.        Lionel Bailly (2009), Lacan: A Beginner's Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications.

11.        Catalina Bronstein (Ed.), (2001), Kleinian Theory: A Contemporary Perspective. London: Whurr Publishers.

12.        Julia Borossa (2001) "Ideas in Psychoanalysis. Hysteria", Icon Books

13.        The following is the main reading for the Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis (Freud Reading Seminars) module in the Autumn term.  This accounts for approximately half of the first term's reading. You may like to make a start on it before term starts.
We have given the number of the Standard Edition (SE) of Freud that each of these papers appears in.  Vintage/Hogarth publishes the series of 24 volumes in paperback.

(SE2)    Case Histories: Miss Lucy R, Katharina, Fraulein Elisabeth von R
(SE2)    The Psychotherapy of Hysteria
(SE5)    On Dreams (1900)  
(SE7)    Fragments of an Analysis of a case of Hysteria (1905)
(SE7)    Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905)
(SE10) The Analysis of a Phobia in a Five Year Old Boy (1909)
(SE12) Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning (1911)
(SE14) On Narcissism: An Introduction (1914)
(SE14)  Repression (1915)         
(SE14)  Instincts and their vicissitudes (1915)
(SE14)  The Unconscious (1915)
(SE14)  Mourning and Melancholia (1917) 
(SE17)  From the History of an infantile Neurosis (1918) 
(SE18)  Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920)
(SE22)  Revision of the Theory of Dreams 

14.        The Psychoanalytic Ideas series provides a useful and accessible overview of important psychoanalytic ideas:

Volume 1 - Psychosis (Madness), edited by Paul Williams and containing papers by Tom Freeman, Michael Sinason, Richard Lucas, Leslie Sohn, David Bell and Michael Conran.

Volume 2 - Spilt Milk: Perinatal Loss & Breakdown, edited by Joan Raphael-Leff and containing papers by Dana Birksted-Breen, Elizabeth Bradley, Richard Lucas, Alessandra Piontelli, Sandy Bourne and Emmanuel Lewis.

Volume 3 - Adolescence, edited by Inge Wise and containing papers by Abraham Brafman, Denis Flynn, Catalina Bronstein, Don Campbell and Luis Rodriguez de la Sierra.

Volume 4 - Dreaming and Thinking, edited and introduced by Rosine Jozef Perelberg and containing papers by Ignês Sodré, Victor Sedlak, Peter Fonagy, Rosine Jozef Perelberg, Sara Flanders and Gregorio Kohon.

Descriptions are taken from the Blackwells website: http://www.bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/ and do not necessarily represent the views of the Psychoanalysis Unit.

15.       Another useful resource is a specialist bookshop called Karnac Books, which can be contacted as follows:

118, Finchley Road, 
London NW3 5HT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8969 4454
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8969 5585
Email: shop@karnacbooks.com