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Freud, the textile industry and the invention of psychoanalysis

Liliane Weissberg to speak at CAS

Munich, 07/03/2009

Sigmund Freud's collective works are rife with metaphor and imagery borrowed from textile production. What is perplexing is that Freud saw feminine connotations in weaving, while at the same time fervently denying that women could make a significant contribution to culture. Liliane Weissberg, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, describes in her lecture the historical context of these references and metaphors, and how this background bears on psychoanalytical theory construction. Her lecture “Ariadnes Faden: Sigmund Freud, die Textilindustrie und die Erfindung der Psychoanalyse” (“Ariadne’s Thread: Sigmund Freud, the Textile Industry and the Invention of Psychoanalysis”) will be held at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) of LMU Munich on 7 July at 7:30 pm.

The renowned scholar of German-Jewish literature and cultural history will be a visiting fellow of CAS during July this year. While she is with LMU Munich, she will be advancing various projects on the history of science and ideas of the 18th and 19th centuries, together with Professor Friedrich Vollhardt, Professor of German Literature.

More information and registration for the lecture:
Phone: ++49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 72080
Email: info@cas.lmu.de
www.cas.lmu.de

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