The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the historical, theoretical and applied forms of psychoanalytical criticism. This path-breaking Handbook offers students new ways of understanding the powers and limits of psychoanalysis, and of the social, cultural and political possibilities of psychoanalytic critique.

The book offers students and professionals clear and concise chapters on the development of psychoanalysis, introducing key theories that have influenced debates over the psyche, desire and emotion in the social sciences and humanities. There are substantive chapters on classical Freudian theory, Kleinian and Bionian theory, object-relations psychoanalysis, Lacanian and post-Lacanian approaches, feminist psychoanalysis, as well as postmodern trends in psychoanalysis. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to psychoanalytic critique, with contributions drawing from developments in sociology, politics, history, cultural studies, women’s studies and architecture.

chapter |9 pages


ByAnthony Elliott, Jeffrey Prager

part |231 pages

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theories

chapter |18 pages

Sigmund Freud

Psychoanalysis and the unconscious
ByMatt Ffytche

chapter |12 pages

Kleinian psychoanalysis

ByEdna O’Shaughnessy

chapter |16 pages

Infant Observation

ByMargaret Rustin

chapter |17 pages

Donald Winnicott and psychoanalysis

ByJeffrey Prager

chapter |21 pages

Wilfred Bion and psychoanalysis

ByRafael E. López-Corvo

chapter |18 pages

Jacques Lacan

Freud's French interpreter
BySean Homer

chapter |17 pages

Attachment theory and mentalization

ByPeter Fonagy, Chloe Campbell

chapter |17 pages

Psychoanalysis and the analytic field

ByAntonino Ferro, Giuseppe Civitarese

chapter |20 pages


ByJessica Benjamin

chapter |16 pages

Contemporary European psychoanalysis

ByAnthony Elliott

chapter |21 pages

Twentieth-century American psychoanalysis

ByNancy Chodorow

chapter |19 pages

Mexican psychoanalysis in the 20th century

ByRubén Gallo

chapter |17 pages

British psychoanalysis in the 20th century

ByCaroline Polmear

part |225 pages

Psychoanalysis in the social sciences and humanities

chapter |14 pages

History and psychoanalysis

ByMichael Roth

chapter |19 pages

Sociology and psychoanalysis

ByMichael Rustin

chapter |22 pages

Philosophy and psychoanalysis

ByAdrian Johnston

chapter |14 pages

Literature and psychoanalysis

ByMadelon Sprengnether

chapter |19 pages

Psychoanalysis and architecture

ByElizabeth Danze, Stephen Sonnenberg

chapter |15 pages

Cinema (film) and psychoanalysis

ByAndrea Sabbadini

chapter |16 pages

Psychoanalysis and the visual arts

ByEllen Handler Spitz

chapter |16 pages

Law and psychoanalysis

ByDavid Caudill

chapter |17 pages

Feminism, gender and psychoanalysis

ByJanet Sayers

chapter |19 pages

Psychoanalysis and sexuality

ByMuriel Dimen

chapter |19 pages

Psychoanalysis and reconciliation

ByPumla Gobodo-Madikizela

chapter |13 pages

Psychoanalysis and political repression

ByMax Hernández

chapter |20 pages

Psychoanalysis and trauma

BySverre Varvin