chapter  1
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Affect in Freud’s work

In this analytic chapter, I shall trace the development of Freud’s ideas on affect. Several stages may be distinguished:

• from Studies on Hysteria (1893-95) to The Interpretation of Dreams (1900);

• from The Interpretation of Dreams to the Papers on Metapsychology (1915);

• from the Papers on Metapsychology to the article ‘Fetishism’ (1927), the subject being taken up again in the article ‘The splitting of the ego in the process of defence’ (1939).