In 1923, Freud initiated a debate with the pacifist, mystic, and Nobel laureate Romain Rolland, to whom he revealed that he felt a “mysterious attraction.” Their correspondence, which culminated in Freud’s remarkable piece of self-analysis “A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis” (1936), provides the point of departure for exploring Freud’s analysis of the oceanic feeling and the ideal of universal love championed by Rolland, as well as the quite different kind of love advocated by Freud. Other themes germane to the late work of Freud are also explored, including the unique epistemic status of Freud’s uncovering method and “gloomy theories,” and the ethical impulse animating his invention of psychoanalysis.
Loving with a Difference: The Terrestrial Animal and His Oceanic Friend
salvatore f. guido, lcsw, PhD, is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City. He is a member and currently on the faculty of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association; an overseas member of the Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (appi), and an honorary member of Lacan Toronto. His research interests include Freud’s vocation of exile, Lacan’s return to Freud, and psychoanalysis in Freud’s time and in the new diaspora since the rupture that occurred with the Second World War.