A question on Freud’s papers on technique in English

As part of my work on the early Foucault, I’m working through Lacan’s early seminars. I want to read the texts of Freud which Lacan is discussing first. The first extant volume of Lacan’s seminar is on ‘Freud’s Papers on Technique’. I have most of the volumes of the Penguin Freud library, but the papers on technique are largely excluded from that collection. I know the individual papers are in the Standard Edition, but since that is organised chronologically, they are spread between multiple volumes. There is a collection of the technical papers in French, and a volume of them was published in Freud’s lifetime in German. But is there a single English volume that contains them, or most of them?

Update: Thanks to the various suggestions. Yes, the Standard Edition has these, but in multiple volumes. Volume XII has ‘papers on technique’ as part of its title, but there are more in other volumes. Steven Ellman’s Freud’s Technique Papers: A Contemporary Perspective includes several along with commentary. There are various ‘complete works’ available online, of variable quality. The 1924 Collected Papers, Vol II (freely available online) comprises two parts – one on ‘Clinical Papers’ and one on ‘Papers on Technique’. That seems the most comprehensive single volume in English. The French La technique psychanalytique doesn’t seem to have a simple equivalent.

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4 Responses to A question on Freud’s papers on technique in English

  1. steve says:

    HI Stuart, just checked the Tavistock Clinic library. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XII (1911-1913): The Case of Schreber, Papers on TechniqueandOther Works –
    CONTENTS:
    PAPERS ON TECHNIQUE (1911-1915 [1914])
    Editor’s Introduction 85
    THE HANDLING OF DREAM-INTERPRETATION IN PSYCHO-ANALYSIS (1911) 89
    THE DYNAMICS OF TRANSFERENCE (1912) 97
    RECOMMENDATIONS TO PHYSICIANS PRACTISING PSYCHO-ANALYSIS (1912) 109
    ON BEGINNING THE TREATMENT (FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE TECHNIQUE OF PSYCHO-ANALYSIS I) (1913) 121
    REMEMBERING, REPEATING AND WORKING-THROUGH (FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE TECHNIQUE OF PSYCHO-ANALYSIS II) (1914) 145
    Cant see any other volume with the technique papers in.
    Does that help?
    Steve

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks Steve – that’s very generous of you. Yes, that volume does appear to be the only one which has the papers on technique as part of the title. But there are pieces on technique from 1904 through to later in his career, and these are in different volumes. I was hoping for a single volume collecting things on this theme, as there is in French and German. Still, much appreciate your time looking.

  2. Not as a standalone volume, but see part 3 of Peter Gay’s _Freud Reader_ for excerpts and Steven Ellman’s _Freud’s Technique Papers_ for the complete set plus scholarly commentary.

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks John, that’s useful. Ellman’s subtitle mislead me ‘A Contemporary Interpretation’. I’m not sure if it’s the complete set, but it looks the most comprehensive sample. I’ll try to get hold of a copy. Much appreciated.

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