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The Erotic
Lou Andreas-Salomé  

$43.95 Hardcover
Release Date: 8/24/2012
ISBN: 9781412846257    

$24.95 Paperback
Release Date: 2/28/2014
ISBN: 9781412853842    

136 Pages

Distributed for Transaction


About the Book

The field of psychoanalysis would not have developed in the way it did without Lou Andreas-Salomé. We cannot understand Freud's "rationalism" or his anti-religious sensibility without Salomé's writings. She was an outstanding theorist. For Salomé, to think about women and their erotic nature, you must start with their biological and psychological difference, not their economic situation. She argued that sexual difference ran deeper than economics, and equality, on the basis it was being put forward, would not be possible. This new English translation is an essential text of psychoanalysis, one that shaped the very conception of the field.

About the Author(s)

Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861-1937) was a Russian-born writer and psychoanalyst. Throughout her life, she developed friendships with Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Some of her works include Ibsen's Heroines, The Human Family, Friedrich Nietzsche in His Work, My Thanks to Freud, and Looking Back.

Table of Contents

Matthew Del Nevo

Introduction to Die Erotik: Nietzsche, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Psychoanalysis
Gary Winship

Die Erotik [The Erotic]
Lou Andreas-Salomé
Translated by John Crisp



“For many, this first English translation of Die Erotik may serve as an introduction to Andreas-Salomé, who was unquestionably one of the most interesting, original, and erudite intellectuals of her day. . . . [Die Erotik] is a philosophical and psychological reflection on the meaning and purpose of the erotic in our lives and how it is this primal force that simultaneously serves to connect us to the most basic and most transcendent aspects of our existence. . . . In this brief but important essay, Andreas-Salomé captures the essence of the erotic as a unifying force that serves as the grounding of our humanity. . . . The Erotic is not just an essential text of psychoanalysis: It is more than that and can stand on its own as an important and insightful text that would seem to be as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.”
- James M. Hepburn, PsycCRITIQUES

“The publication at last of Lou Andreas-Salomé’s book, Die Erotik (1910), in English is very welcome. Also welcome is the book’s introduction by Gary Winship detailing Andreas-Salomé’s close involvement with Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud; her ethic of ‘sexual continence’ and ‘mental eroticism’; and her pioneering account of the erotic as less a matter of ‘interior pleasure’ than as a way of establishing relations with others.”
- Janet Sayers, emeritus professor of psychoanalytic psychology, University of Kent in Canterbury; author, Mothers of Psychoanalysis

“Until a few years ago I only knew of Lou Andreas-Salomé from her letters to Freud and her psychoanalytic writing on female sexuality. I did not realize that at the time she met Freud she was more famous (and infamous) than him and had published more widely. With a compelling introduction by Gary Winship, the translation and publication of Die Erotik shows why a writer so deeply concerned with the politics of sexuality was destined to become such an important innovator in psychoanalysis; a source of inspiration and judicious criticism for Freud and one of his most intimate friends and collaborators.”
- Ivan Ward, director of education, Freud Museum

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Related Topics

Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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