The Freudian Exodus: Psychoanalysis and the Mosaic Legacy


The Freudian Exodus redefines the traumatic experience that Freud argued was the origin of Judaic monotheism, the murder of Moses. Focusing instead on the Babylonian Exile, the study explores a series of topics understood as the aftershocks of that cultural trauma. Among these are the nature of anti-Semitism, Christianity’s vexed relationship to Judaism, the fantasmatic status of subjectivity, the cultural function of Torah, and Freud’s escape at the end of his life from Nazi-controlled Austria. The in-depth analysis of these topics aims for a new understanding of psychoanalysis, conceived more as a philosophy than as a mode of therapy.

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Andrew Barnaby, Ph.D. (1989), is Professor of English at the University of Vermont. His published works include Literate Experience: The Work of Knowing in Seventeenth-Century English Writing (2002) and Coming Too Late: Reflections on Freud and Belatedness (2017).
The audience for this book includes scholars, graduate students, and general readers with special interest(s) in Freud, psychoanalysis, Jewish Studies, and the biblical account of Moses and the Exodus.
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