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Freud's India: Sigmund Freud and India's First Psychoanalyst Girindrasekhar Bose

Alf Hiltebeitel


This first three chapters or first third of this book documents the ups and downs in the conflictual correspondence between Sigmund Freud and India’s first psychoanalyst, Girindrasekhar Bose. They trace the relationship through three phases of their 1920–1937 correspondence, and also compare their correspondence with Freud’s contemporary correspondence with Romain Rolland, noting similar disaffections while documenting in both exchanges Freud’s evasions about India. Psychoanalytic topics covered in these chapters include maternal transference as it relates to Bose’s work, to Freud’s therapeuti ... More

Keywords: Sigmund Freud, Girindrasekhar Bose, Romain Rolland, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), Oedipus complex, pre-Oedipal, dead mother complex, Viṣṇu, Jewish monotheism, Hindu Goddess

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alf Hiltebeitel, author
Professor of Religion, George Washington University