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Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942) is a largely forgotten figure from the early history of psychoanalysis who devoted a large part of her career to the study of the child. More recently, there has been renewed interest in her that, however, has focused on her story, at the expense of her valuable contributions to psychoanalytic thought and theory. Thus, while there are now a number of books and films—the best known of which is David Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method—that speculate about a sexual relationship that is imagined between Spielrein and Carl Jung, a great number of her written works remain unpublished, and many that have been published in German continue to be untranslated into English.

History

Spielrein was still a teenager herself when she was brought from ...

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