Fresh Freud: no longer lost in translation

Kirsner, Douglas 2007, Fresh Freud: no longer lost in translation, Psychoanalytic psychology, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 658-666.


Title Fresh Freud: no longer lost in translation
Author(s) Kirsner, Douglas
Journal name Psychoanalytic psychology
Volume number 24
Issue number 4
Start page 658
End page 666
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C., Wash.
Publication date 2007-10
ISSN 0736-9735
1939-1331
Keyword(s) James Strachey
standard edition
Sigmund Freud
Adam Phillips
translation
Summary The new translations of Freud into English highlight the question as to the nature of Freud's quest and achievement. They show a livelier Freud than the Strachey translations (Freud, 1953-1974), who used everyday language in his work instead of trying to establish a new technical vocabulary for an esoteric new discipline. However, with the new Penguin editions thus far, fresh Freud is no longer lost in translation. The Standard Edition was created importantly to create an authoritative international trademark and was made more natural "scientific" in appearance. The fresh translations show a Freud in tune with Karl Popper's (1976) approach in his later work that viewed science as essentially problem solving. The example of "Mourning and Melancholia" (Freud, 1917/ 1964, 1917/1981, 1917/2005) is discussed as an exercise in exploration, conjectures, criticism, construct formation, and problem solving. Translation issues are discussed. Instead of being a particular trade mark, the very fact of there being new and different translations opens Freud's works to further questioning about their meanings and intents in the marketplace of ideas and practices
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, American Psychological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007903

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