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After Freud LeftA Century of Psychoanalysis in America$
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John C. Burnham

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081373

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081397.001.0001

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Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America

Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America

(p.49) Two Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America
After Freud Left

Richard Skues

University of Chicago Press

This chapter uses a historical microscope to examine the iconic 1909 Clark conference and lectures. Carl Jung's presence in the American literature prior to 1909 gave his reputation in America a different character from Sigmund Freud's. Psychoanalysis developed no coherent body of thought in America before 1909, and Jung's work had an independent existence that cannot be apprehended as a mere reflection of Freud's project. It is suggested that Jung's attendance at the Clark conference and the content of his lectures dealt with a patchwork of interests and functions. From Freud's point of view, Jung unquestionably was there as a confirmed representative of psychoanalysis and also to act as his principal lieutenant. During the months immediately following the Clark conference a sudden rise in interest in Freud and psychoanalysis formed. Thus, his visit might mark a decisive event in the history of psychoanalysis in America.

Keywords:   psychoanalysis, 1909 Clark conference, Carl Jung, America, Sigmund Freud, lectures

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