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Euripides, Freud, and the Romance of Belonging

Freud's interpretation of the ancient legend of Oedipus—as formulated in Sophocles' tragic drama—is among the most widely known concepts of psychoanalysis. Euripides' Ion, however, presents a more complex version of the development of personal identity. Here, the discovery of family origins is a process in which parent and child both take part as distinct agents driven by their own impulses of violence and desire.

Euripides, Freud, and the Romance of Belonging studies the construction of identity and the origins of the primal trauma in two texts, the Ion and Freud’s case history of the Wolf Man. Victoria Pedrick challenges the conventional psychoanalytic theory of the development of the individual within the family, presenting instead a richer and more complex economy of exchange between the parent and the child. She provides a new perspective on Freud's appropriation of ancient texts and moves beyond the familiar reunion in Oedipus to the more nuanced scene of abandonment present in Ion. Her parallel investigation of these texts suggests that contemporary culture remains preoccupied by the problems of the past in the determination of identity.

Pedrick's fresh perspectives on both texts as well as on their relationship to each other shed new light on two foundational moments in the intellectual development of the West: Greek tragedy and Freudian psychoanalysis.

About the Author

Victoria Pedrick is an associate professor of classics at Georgetown University.

Endorsements

An exciting and original work, full of acute observation concerning both the ancient and the modern negotiations of the problematic of origins, identity, parental embrace, and abandonment.

- Page duBois, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of Sowing the Body: Psychoanalysis and Ancient Representations of Women

Reviews

Deserves a wide readership... Highly recommended.

- Choice

Elegant essays... The result is convincing and justifies further study.

- Book News
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