VISHNU ON FREUD'S DESK: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism

Item Code: IDG634
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 0195658353
Pages: 492
Cover: Paperback
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About the Book:

Freudian psychoanalysis, commonly critiqued for being rooted in a male-centric, Central European ethos, has surprisingly been as extremely fertile ground for the study of the Indian psyche. This volume brings together a rich variety of classical and contemporary writings on aspects of Hindu culture, and places these within the frames of understanding of psychoanalysis.

The contributors include Girindrasekhar Bose, Sarah Caldwell, G.M. Carstairs, Alfred Collins, Paul B. Coutright, Prakash Desai, Wendy Doniger, Robert P. Goldman, Christiane Hartnack, Sudhir Kakar, Jeffery J. Kripal, Stanley N. Kurtz, J. M. Masson, Ashis Nandy, Gananath Obeyesekere, William B. Parsons, A. K. Ramanujan, B. K. Ramanujam, and Alan Roland.

To lay readers interested in psychoanalysis, and to academics interested in the fields of psychology, sociology, cultural studies and Hindu thought, this is an invaluable collection of essays.


'…..probably the best collection of essays written on the encounter between psychoanalysis and Hindu and comprises work by some of the most celebrated anthropologists, psychoanalysts and Indologists today.'


'I read it to oxygenate my mind. It allows refreshing whiffs of enquiry and surmise…'

-Kalpish Ratna, The Sunday Observer

About the Author:

T. G. Vaidyanathan retired as Reader in English from Bangalore University .Jeffrey J. Kripal is Vira I. Heinz Associate Professor of Religion at Westminster College, USA.


Sudhir Kakar
T.G. Vaidyanathan
Part One: Girindrasekhar Bose19

1.The Genesis and Adjustment of the Oedipus Wish
Girindrasekhar Bose
Part Two: Freud and Hinduism39

2.Freud' Encounter with Hinduism:
An Historical-Textual Overview
William B. Parsons
3.Vishnu on Freud's Desk:
Psychoanalysis in Colonial India
Christiane Hartnack
Part Three: The Indian Oedipus107

4. The Indian Oedipus
A.K. Ramanujan
5. Fathers and Sons
Paul B. Courtright
6. Further Steps in Relativization:
The Indian Oedipus Revisited
Gananath Obeyesekere
Part Four: Early and Later Theoretical Formation163

7.Hindu Personality Formation: Unconscious Processes
G.M. Carstairs
8.Psychoanalytic Approaches to Hindu Child Rearing:
A Critique
Stanley N. Kurtz
9.Clinical Work and Cultural Imagination
Sudhir Kakar
Part Five: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Hindu Mysticism, Myth and Ritual 233

10.Sex and Yoga: Psychoanalysis and the Indian Religious Experience J.M. Masson235
11.Karma, Guilt, and Buried Memories: Public Fantasy and Private Reality in Traditional India
Robert P. Goldman
12.When a Lingam is Just a Good Cigar:
Psychoanalysis and Hindu Sexual Fantasies
Wendy Doniger
13.Sati: A Nineteenth-Century Tale of Women, Violence and Protest
Ashis Nandy
14.The Bloodthirsty Tongue and the Self-Feeding
Breast: Homosexual Fellatio Fantasy in a Sough Indian Ritual Tradition
Sarah Caldwell
15.Selfhood in the Indian Context: A Psychoanalytic Perspective
Alfred Collins and Prakash Desai
Part Six: Case Studies of Individuals399

Alan Roland
17.Dhannaram's Depression: Psychotherapy with an Indian Villager
B.K. Ramanujam

Psychoanalysis and Hinduism: Thinking Through Each Other
Jeffrey J. Kripal
Appendix 453

Select Bibliography456

Index 471

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