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HAUDENSCHILD, Teresa Rocha Leite. From Freud to Joan Riviere and “the English”, with anger. Ide (São Paulo) [online]. 2010, vol.33, n.50, pp. 89-107. ISSN 0101-3106.

The author comments on a letter by Freud written in German to Joan Rivière, his preferred translator and who was one of the founders of the British Psycho-Analytical Society along with Jones in 1919. This letter was written just after the Innsbruck Congress of 1927, where Klein contests Anna Freud’s ideas. Seven months later, in May, “the English” organized the “Symposium on child analysis”, in London. Among those present were Riviere and Jones together with Melanie Klein, who each presented papers responding to the criticisms leveled at them by Anna in her book, which had just been launched in 1927, entitled Introduction to the technique of child analysis. Reading this letter, we can trace Freud’s anger at the lack of support from “the English” for Anna’s conceptions. On the author’s understanding, the English Symposium of May was the fuse that lit and continued to burn until the 1940s, resulting in the work The Freud-Klein controversies 1941-1945, (organized by King. and Steiner in 1991). Even as Freud wrote this letter, he still maintained a hope of a unified psychoanalysis...

Palavras-chave : Child analysis; Technique; Freudians; Kleinians; Oedipus complex; Transference; Education.

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