York professor to be honoured for writings on pyschoanalysts

Paul RoazenThe American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) has announced it will make York Professor Emeritus Paul Roazen an honorary member at its winter meeting in January in New York.

Right: Paul Roazen

Roazen taught political science in York’s Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts, beginning in 1971. He is also adjunct professor of psychiatry for Boston’s Tufts-New England Medical Center. He has written numerous biographies of noted psychoanalysts and is recognized for disseminating broader knowledge of psychoanalysis to the public domain. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993.

One of North America’s leading psychoanalytic theorists and intellectual historians, Roazen is a prolific author and has written many of his books on Sigmund Freud and his followers. Many of his books have been translated into more than half-a-dozen languages. His latest book, Edoardo Weiss (The House That Freud Built), was published in 2004. Roazen also wrote Canada’s King: An Essay in Political Psychology (Mosaic Press, 1998), a psychological biography of former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Founded in 1911,  APsaA is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States and is comprised of approximately 3,500 members. Other honorary members of APsaA include Nobel Laureate neuroscientist Gerald Edelman, biographer Robert Dallek, psychologist Joseph Masling, researcher and divorce psychology expert Judith Wallerstein, research psychologist Drew Westen, historian and biographer Peter Gay, clinical psychologist John S. Auerbach, and psychoanalytic researcher and educator Morris Eagle.

A partial list of books by Paul Roazen

Encountering Freud: The Politics and Histories of Psychoanalysis, Brother Animal: The Story of Freud and Tausk (1990); Helene Deutsch: A Psychoanalyst’s Life (1991); Freud and His Followers (1975, 1992); Meeting Freud’s Family (1993); Erik H. Erikson: The Power and Limits of a Vision, Freud Under Analysis: History, Theory, Practice Essays in Honour of Paul Roazen (edited by Todd Dufresne, 1997); Freud: Political and Social Thought (1999); The Historiography of Psychoanalysis (2000); Oedipus in Britain: Edward Glover and the Struggle over Klein (2001); The Trauma of Freud: Controversies in Psychoanalysis (2002); Love and Lust: On the Psychoanalysis of Romantic and Sexual Emotions, (with Theodor Reik); and, Cultural Foundations of Political Psychology, Men of Destiny (with Walter Lippmann, 2003).