To begin, you should read Freud. There is no substitute, and no excuse. He writes very well and readably, and the major texts have all been conveniently collected in Penguin. I used to think that the place to start was The Interpretation of Dreams, his first important book and according to some his masterpiece. I now think maybe it's better to begin with the Introductory and New Introductory Lectures, and then go straight in to the amazing Case Studies; then follow where your interest takes you.

This list begins with a selection of what should (the vagaries of publishers' lists permitting) be in print in paperback form. It is followed by a select list of what's available in the Library. There are about 300 entire books on Freud in the Library, and another 300 or so articles published in the last ten years. I have not read all of these, and neither should you. Browse around, see what takes your fancy, see what you can find. My list is a select list of what looks interesting, to give you a start. But: three words of warning. One: all of the modern stuff on Freud now is about French Freud, Lacan and so on. I've tried to cut out most of the obviously Lacanian material from the following list, but there will still be some in there. See what you can find. Two: the two Anti-Freud books are quite devastating, in very different ways. If you read them, it's very hard to go on being sympathetic... Three: READ FREUD FIRST!


This contains the following works: Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1916-17), New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933), The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901: on the 'Freudian slip),On Sexuality (including the important Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality), Case Histories 1 ('Dora' and 'Little Hans'), Case Histories 2 (including 'The Rat Man' and 'The Wolf Man'), Civilisation, Society, and Religion (the late and pessimistic Freud: including The Future of an Illusion [1927: about religion] and Civilisation and its Discontents [1930]), Art and Literature (including essays on Dostoievsky, Goethe, Ibsen, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare), 6.95.


Rycroft, C., A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, (Penguin, 1972). A very useful bluffer's guide to the subject--and not just that: very clear and helpful, in spite of the bizarre cover illustration.

Elizabeth Wright, Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice
(Methuen, New Accents, 1984). This book, which looks exactly like an introduction to psychoanalytic criticism for beginners, isn't. Do not leap upon it with glad cries of joy: it's very difficult, and mostly not about classic Freud (this gets only one chapter) but about the new and extremely difficult French Freud of Lacan. However, it does have very good reading lists . . .


Janet Malcolm, Psychoanalysis: the Impossible Profession (Picador, 1980). This is an extraordinary account of what actually goes on in Freudian analysis in America: highly readable, and mind-boggling.

Janet Malcolm, In the Freud Archives (Flamingo, 1984). More amazing revelations about the extraordinary in-fighting and spitefulness of the American Freudian hierarchy. Would you buy a used theory of mind from these people? one wonders.


H.J.Eysenck, The Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire (Penguin, 1985). Though he writes sometimes like the thinking person's football hooligan, and though he recounts quite cheerfully psychological experiments of blood-curdling inhumanity (artificially inducing neurosis in a child or the memory of rape in a woman, if you can believe this) the attack on Freud is devastating, particularly in the (very extensive) summaries of the work of other people. If you want to read about how Freud (a) fabricated his data (b) dreamed up his theories as the consequence of cocaine addiction (c) slept with his wife's sister, this book is for you. On the other hand, if you don't want to have your faith in Freud shattered, don't read it, and also don't read

Ernest Gellner, The Psychoanalytic Movement (Grafton, 1985). This is a serious book: with a certain righteous anger, Gellner tears the whole Freudian edifice to pieces, and then goes into the actually very interesting question of why so many people believed it in the first place. To this he supplies the beginnings of an answer.

By Freud (Selected)

Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, a Course of Twenty-eight Lectures Delivered at the University of Vienna, (London: Allen & Unwin, 1929) Main Library 2 BF 175

Sigmund Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, (London, Hogarth Press: Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1933) Main Library 2 s BF 175

Sigmund Freud, Collected Papers, Vol.3, Case histories, (London: Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1925) Main Library 1 s BF 175

Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion, (London, Hogarth Press: Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1928) Main Library 1 s BF 175

Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Ed. J. Strachey. (London: Allen & Unwin, 1954) Main Library 1 s BF 1078

Sigmund Freud, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, (London: Benn, 1966) Main Library 1 s BF 175

About Freud

Freud, a Collection of Critical Essays, Ed. Perry Meisel. Twentieth century views A Spectrum book. (Englewood Cliffs, London: Prentice-Hall, 1981) Main Library 1 s BF 175

Bruno Bettelheim, Freud and Man's Soul, (London,: Chatto & Windus, 1982) Main Library 1 s BF 175

Frank Cioffi, Freud, Ed. Frank Cioffi. Modern judgements. (London: Macmillan, 1973) Main Library 1 s BF 175

Edmund Engelman, Berggasse 19, Sigmund Freud's Home and Offices, Vienna, 1938 , the Photographs of Edmund Engelman, (New York: Basic Books, 1976) Main Library 1 s q BF 175

Reuben Fine, A History of Psychoanalysis, (New York, Guildford: Columbia University Press, 1979) Main Library 1 s BF 173

Steven Marcus, Freud and the Culture of Psychoanalysis, Studies in the Transition From Victorian Humanism to Modernity, (Boston (Mass.), London: Allen & Unwin, 1984) Main Library 1 s BF 175

Jean Baker Miller, Psychoanalysis and Women, Ed. Jean Baker Miller. Pelican books. (Harmondsworth (etc.): Penguin, 1974) Main Library 1 HQ 1206

David Stafford-Clark, What Freud Really Said, (London: Macdonald, 1965) Main Library 1 s BF 175, Barnes Medical Lib. 1 RC 343

Arnold I. Davidson, "How To Do the History of Psychoanalysis: A Reading of Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality," Critical Inquiry 13(2) (1987): 252-277. s per PN 1.C69

Francoise Meltzer, "The Trial(s) of Psychoanalysis," Critical Inquiry 13(2) (1987): s per PN 1.C69

Freud and literature

Representing Shakespeare, new Psychoanalytic Essays, Ed. Murray M. Schwartz and Coppelia Kahn. (Baltimore, London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980) Main Library 1 PR 2976

Jeffrey Berman, The Talking Cure, Literary Representations of Psychoanalysis, (New York, London: New York University Press, 1985) Main Library 1 s PS 228.P7

Clive Bloom, Reading Poe, Reading Freud, the Romantic Imagination in Crisis, (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988) Main Library 2 PS 2632.P7

Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Grimms' bad Girls & Bold Boys, the Moral & Social Vision of the Tales, (New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1987, 1987) Main Library 1 PT 2281.G3

Maryanne M Garbowsky, The House Without the Door, a Study of Emily Dickinson and the Illness of Agoraphobia, (Rutherford (N.J.), London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Associated University Presses, 1988) Main Library 1 PS 1541

Andre Green, The Tragic Effect, the Oedipus Complex in Tragedy, (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979) Main Library 2 PN 1899.O3

David Lynch, Yeats, the Poetics of the Self, (Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 1979) Main Library 1 PR 5907

Terry Eagleton, "Psychoanalysis, the Kabbala and the Seventeenth Century;" Proc. of the Essex Conf. on the Sociology of Lit., July 1980, Ed. Francis Barker, Jay Bernstein, John Coombes, Peter Hulme, Jennifer Stone and Jon Stratton. 1642: Literature and Power in the Seventeenth Century. (Colchester: Dept. of Lit., Univ. of Essex, 1981) 201-206. PN 51

Leonard F. Manheim, "Dickens and Psychoanalysis: A Memoir," Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction 11 (1983): 335-345. s per PR 4579.D52

J. P. Shute, "Nabokov and Freud: The Play of Power," Modern Fiction Studies 30(4) (1984): 637-650. s per PN 3311.M6

Joseph C. Sitterson Jr., "Oedipus in the Stolen Boat: Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity in The Prelude," Studies in Philology 86(1) (1989): 96-115. s per PB 1.S8

Valerie Traub, "Prince Hal's Falstaff: Positioning Psychoanalysis and the Female Reproductive Body," Shakespeare Quarterly 40(4) (1989): 456-474. s per PR 2885.S4

Rowland Wymer, "Freud, Jung and the 'Myth' of Psychoanalysis in The White Hotel," Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 22(1) (1989): 55-69. s per PN 2.M6

David J. Gordon, "D. H. Lawrence's Dual Myth of Origin," Sewanee Review 89(1) (1981): 83-94. s per AS 36.U6S4

Freud and literary theory

Literature and Psychoanalysis, Ed. Edith Kurzweil and William Phillips. (New York, Guildford: Columbia University Press, 1983, 1983) Main Library 1 PN 56.P6

Frederick C. Crews, Out of my System, Psychoanalysis, Ideology, and Critical Method, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1975) Main Library 1 PN 56.P6

David Aberbach, Surviving Trauma: Loss, Literature and Psychoanalysis, (New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1989) Main Library 1 PN 56.P6

Robert Con Davis and Ronald Schleifer, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Literary and Cultural Studies, (New York, London: Longman, 1989) Main Library 1 PN 94

Daniel Gunn, Psychoanalysis and Fiction, an Exploration of Literary and Psychoanalytic Borders, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988) Main Library 1 PN 56.P92

English Institute, Psychoanalysis and the Question of the Text (Baltimore, London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978) Main Library 1 PN 98.P9

Ann Jefferson and David Robey, Modern Literary Theory, a Comparative Introduction, (London: Batsford, 1986) Main Library 2 PN 45

Sarah Kofman, The Childhood of Art, an Interpretation of Freud's Aesthetics, European perspectives. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988) Main Library 1 BF 175

Edith Kurzweil and William Phillips, Literature and Psychoanalysis, (New York, Guildford: Columbia University Press, 1983) Main Library 1 PN 56.P6

Jack J Spector, The Aesthetics of Freud, a Study in Psychoanalysis and art, (London: Allen Lane, 1972) Main Library 1 s BH 201

Marshall W. Alcorn Jr. and Mark Bracher, "Literature, Psychoanalysis, and the Re-Formation of the Self: A New Direction for Reader-Response Theory," PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 100 (1985): 342-354. s per PB 1.P9

Jerry Aline Flieger, "Entertaining the Menage a Trois: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Literature," in Ed. Richard Feldstein and Judith Roof. Feminism and Psychoanalysis. (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1989) 185-208. HQ 1206

Gary Saul Morson, "Literary Theory, Psychoanalysis, and the Creative Process," Poetics Today 3(2) (1982): 157-172. s per PN 2.P7

Karen Newman, "Writing the 'Talking Cure': Psychoanalysis and Literature," Poetics Today 3(2) (1982): 173-182. s per PN 2.P7

Ellen Peel, "Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny in Literature," Comparative Literature Studies 17(4) (1980): 410-417. s per PN 2.C62

Wright, Elizabeth, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Theory in Practice , New accents. (London: Methuen, 1984) Main Library 1 PN 98.P9

Anti Freud

H. J. Eysenck, Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire, (Harmondsworth: Viking, 1985) Main Library 1 s BF 175 Barnes Medical Lib. 1 BF 173.F85

Ernest Gellner, The Psychoanalytic Movement, or, the Cunning of Unreason, Paladin movements and ideas. (London: Paladin/Grafton, 1985) Main Library 2 BF 173