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John Demos: Sensory history, 30 November 2006

Sensory Worlds in Early America 
by Peter Charles Hoffer.
Johns Hopkins, 334 pp., $25, December 2005, 9780801883927
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... map of sensory life, from some (undetermined) beginning point long ago right up to the present. Peter Charles Hoffer, one of sensory history’s leading exponents, acknowledges both approaches and, to a degree, tries them out in his own study. But his central aim is something more. He wishes to give sensory experience a ...


Adam Phillips, 6 October 1994

The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi. Vol I: 1908-14 
edited by Eva Brabant, Ernst Falzeder and Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch, translated by Peter Hoffer.
Harvard, 584 pp., £27.50, March 1994, 0 674 17418 6
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... There has always been a resistance, at least among psychoanalysts themselves, to thinking of their work as mind-reading or fortune-telling. Despite the fact that most ordinary conversation is exactly this, or perhaps because it is, psychoanalysts have wanted to describe what they do as different, as rational even: dealing with the irrational but not dealing in it (‘On waking,’ Ferenczi writes mockingly to Freud, ‘one wants on no account to have thought something quite nonsensical or illogical ...

Tough Morsels

Peter Rudnytsky, 7 November 1991

The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45 
edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner.
Routledge, 958 pp., £100, December 1990, 0 415 03170 2
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... of Berlin analysts. (Most of the Viennese analysts went on to America; only Willi and Hedwig Hoffer settled in London.) Freud died 15 months later, but London became Anna Freud’s permanent home, and she and Melanie Klein were forced into proximity. With the outbreak of the war, many analysts (including Klein and her followers) got out of London, and ...

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