Cultural theory has found a renewed interest in psychoanalysis, bringing many new readers to Freud and his work. This book is an introductory guide to Freud and brings together for the first time:
an overview of Freud's work which enables the reader to see quickly where, and in which texts, Freud develops his main ideas
a guide to reading Freud, and to what can be done with the complexities of his texts
an examination of what recent cultural theory draws from Freud, and of why psychoanalysis is of interest for it
a discussion about the Freud revealed by recent cultural theory
an extensive selection of extracts from Freud's texts, with commentary.
This book is the definitive guide to the content of Freud's texts: what's there and where to find it. It will have wide appeal to students new to Freud in cultural studies, literary theory, philosophy and sociology.