Austrian Émigrés, Exiles and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis in Britain, 1930s–1970s
This collection of essays presents new perspectives on Freud’s role in the lives of Austrian émigrés and exiles in Britain from the 1930s to the 1970s. It explores the creative ways in which authors, art historians, psychoanalysts, sociologists and artists accessed Freudian thinking and fashioned their own Freudian languages. Above all, the book seeks to examine the influence of Freud on the scientific and creative writing of émigrés and exiles, as well as on their professional positioning in British society. It probes the collective attempt to fashion an imagined ‘Viennese community’, represented through the promotion of a humanised language and a progressive social engagement. Moving beyond narrow understandings of psychoanalysis either as therapy or intellectual paradigm, the volume explores its broader cultural roles. By exploring psychoanalysis in terms of its specific cultural relationship with Austria, as well as Britain, the chapters show how psychoanalysis also created connections between the two countries in the immediate postwar period.
With essays by: Elana Shapira, Liliane Weissberg, Volker M. Welter, Werner Michler, Laura Marcus, Régine Bonnefoit, Michal Shapira, Mitchell G. Ash, Louis Rose, Lisa Silverman
Elana Shapira is Lecturer in Design History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, and a cultural and design historian. She is the project leader of the Austrian Science Fund research project “Visionary Vienna: Design and Society 1918–1934” (2017-2021).
Daniela Finzi is Lecturer in the complementary curriculum in Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, and a literature and cultural historian. She has been scientific director and board member of the Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung since 2016.