Psychoanalyst and author Lou Andreas-Salome may seem to be a figure remote from us, one belonging to a pre-1914 Europe, but in many ways, she is our contemporary. She travelled in a highly romantic world as socialite, sociologist, and author. She was part of Georg Simmel's salon, the most exclusive in Berlin, frequented by elusive poet Stefan Georg, dramatist Paul Ernst, social theorist and polymath Max Weber, and Georg Lukacs, among others.
Salome's unique contribution to the erotic was that she argued sexual difference ran deeper than economics and equality-the politics of Marx and the ideals of the French Revolution. For Salome, to think about women and their erotic nature, you must start with their biological and psychological difference, not their economic situation.
Salome was an outstanding theorist. Her books on Nietzsche and on Rilke are major studies. The field of psychoanalysis would not have developed in the way it did without Lou Andreas-Salome. We cannot understand Freud's "rationalism" or his anti-religious sensibility without Salome's writings. This new English translation is an essential text of psychoanalysis, one that shaped the very conception of the field.
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About the Author
Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861–1937) was a Russian-born writer and psychoanalyst. Throughout her life, she developed friendships with Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Some of her numerous works include Ibsen’s Heroines, The Human Family, Friedrich Nietzsche in His Work, My Thanks to Freud, and Looking Back. Matthew Del Nevo is a philosopher at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and author of The Valley Way of Soul, The Work of Enchantment (Transaction, 2011), and The Continental Community of Inquiry. His articles have appeared in Literature and Theology, Critical and Creative Thinking, and Australasian Pentecostal Studies.
Gary Winship is associate professor in the School of Education, University of Nottingham and senior fellow at the Institute of Mental Health.
Table of Contents
Foreword Matthew Del Nevo vii
Introduction to Die Erotik: Nietzsche, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Psychoanalysis Gary Winship 1
Die Erotik [The Erotic] Lou Andreas-Salomé John Crisp 49