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Freudianism: A Marxist Critique

Volosinov, V. N.; Translated by I. R. Titunik; Edited in collaboration with Neal H. Bruss

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ISBN 10: 0127232508 / ISBN 13: 9780127232508
Published by Academic Press, New York, 1976
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Glossy grey boards with red lettering on the spine; this hardcover binding is clean, tight, and square. The interior and text are clean and unmarked. The dustjacket is bright, attractive, and whole. NOT ex-lib. A clean, tight copy in attractive jacket. xvii, 153pp. An important critical work by the author of Marxism and the Philosophy of Language, which some scholars claim is none other than Mikhail Bakhtin. Bookseller Inventory # 000834

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Title: Freudianism: A Marxist Critique

Publisher: Academic Press, New York

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Freudianism is a major icon in the history of ideas, independently rich and suggestive today both for psychoanalysis and for theories of language. It offers critical insights whose recognition demands a change in the manner in which the fundamental principles of both psychoanalysis and linguistic theory are understood. Volosinov went to the root of Freud’s theory adn method, arguing that what is for him the central concept of psychoanalysis, “the unconscious,” was a fiction. He argued that the phenomena that were taken by Freud as evidence for “the unconscious” constituted instead an aspect of “the conscious,” albeit one with a person’s “official conscious.”

For Volosinov, “the conscious” was a monologue, a use of language, “inner speech” as he called it. As such, the conscious participated in all of the properties of language, particularly, for Volosinov, its social essence. This type of argumentation stood behind Volosinov’s charge that Freudianism presented humans in an inherently false, individualistic, asocial, and ahistorical setting.

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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