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September 15, 2020  

Rosine Perelberg - Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex.

Pithiviers internment camp
Image from the Holocaust Museum, Pithiviers internment camp in 1941.
In 1942 all the inmates were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In this podcast Rosine Perelberg offers some reflections derived from her paper “Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex”, published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (in 2009), as well as from the last chapter of her book of the same title (in 2016). Rosine Perelberg suggests that in the Shoah one is confronted with the abolition of the law of the dead father. This refers to the murder of the dead father and the re-establishing of the tyranny of the narcissistic father. Based on her considerable knowledge of the literature on antisemitism, her background in history and social anthropology, as well as her own psychoanalytic writings, Rosine Perelberg advances her thoughts about antisemitism across the ages as well as in current times.

Rosine Jozef Perelberg is a Fellow, Training Analyst, and President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, and Corresponding Member of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she completed her BSc in Humanities and undertook an MSc in Social Anthropology, before her PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She has written and edited 12 books.  Psychic Bisexuality was awarded the 2019 American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize for Best Edited Book. In 1993 she was co-winner of the Cesare Sacerdoti Prize at the IPA Congress in Buenos Aires. In 2006 she was named one of the 10 Women of the Year by the Brazilian National Council of Women.

Link to the paper


Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex
(The New Library of Psychoanalysis).


This episode is available also in French and Portuguese

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