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December 02, 2006, 3:30 PM

The Origins of Freud's Imagination

Participants: Richard Armstrong, Mary Bergstein, Mark Edmundson, Ethan Kleinberg, Robert Paul (moderator)

What were the influences on Freud and how did they contribute to his imagination? This panel will discuss Freud's Jewish background, his East European origins and his education in Austria. In addition, the roundtable will address such issues as Freud's interest in antiquity and in collecting ancient artifacts and how this aspect of his thought both intersected and conflicted with his Jewish identity.

This roundtable is presented in connection with the conference, Freud's Jewish World.

Richard Armstrong is Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston.

Mary Bergstein is a scholar of Italian Renaissance and Professor and Chair of Art and Architectural History at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has published essays on the history of art and the history of psychoanalysis in The Art Bulletin and American Imago, and is the author of The Sculpture of Nanni di Banco.

Mark Edmundson is NEH/Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor of Romantic Poetry and Literary Theory at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Why Read?, Teacher and Towards Reading Freud: Self-Creation in Milton, Wordsworth, Emerson and Sigumnd Freud. He is currently at work on a book to be entitled The Death of Sigmund Freud about Freud's escape from Vienna in 1938.

Ethan Kleinberg is Associate Professor of History and Letters at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Generation Existential: Martin Heidegger's Philosophy in France, 1927-1961, and completing work on his second book, The Myth of Emmanuel Levinas. He is Associate Editor of the journal History and Theory. His current research interests include European intellectual history, critical theory, educational structures, post-colonialism, and the philosophy of history.

Robert Paul is Dean of Emory College and Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies.


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