Etkind’s Eros of the Impossible and the historiography of Russian psychoanalysis

Author/s Luciano Mecacci
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/2
Language Italian Pages 6 P. 269-274 File size 250 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2021-002006
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A turning point in the research on the history of psychoanalysis in Russia was represented by Aleksandr Etkind's book Eros of the Impossible, published in Russian in 1993, soon translated into various languages, and revised in 2016 (version on which the Italian translation, appeared in 2020, was conducted). Unlike previous scholars, Etkind was able to access the Soviet archives that had been opened to scholars in the late 1980s and could reconstruct the social and political context that, before and after the Bolshevik Revolution, had favored the development of psychoa-nalysis in Russia. The book extensively illustrated the close relationship between psychoanalysis, literature and philosophy in Russia in the first two decades of the twentieth century, a theme that had been neglected by Western studies limited to the history of the diffusion of psychoanalysis essentially from a theoretical viewpoint.

Keywords: Psychoanalysis; Russia; Aleksandr Etkind; Sigmund Freud; Stalinism

Luciano Mecacci, Eros dell’impossibile di Etkind e la storiografia sulla psicoanalisi russa in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 2/2021, pp 269-274, DOI: 10.3280/PU2021-002006