Herman Westerink/Philippe V. Haute: Family Romance and the Oedipalization of Freudian Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud Museum published on 2020-04-09T11:14:54Z Family Romance and the Oedipalization of Freudian Psychoanalysis - Lecture by Herman Westerink and Philippe Van Haute Freud’s short text “Familiy Romances” (“Der Familienroman der Neurotiker”, 1909) can be seen as part of a set of texts in which he discovers the importance of sexual theories in early infantile sexual life and in relation to the first significant objects, the primary family members. Freud’s analyses of these infantile sexual theories are crucial for his first formulations of the Oedipus complex and the subsequent oedipalization of his theory of sexuality. In this paper "Familiy Romances" will be carefully explored and critically questioned, notably with regards to is central topics of intellectual activities, sexuality and object-relations. Herman Westerink is senior researcher and associate professor for the philosophy of religion and intercultural philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen and extraordinary professor for psychoanalysis and mysticism at the KU Leuven. He is the vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Sigmund Freud Foundation. He has written many books and articles on psychoanalysis, sexuality, pathology and religion. Recent publications include commentaries on and text editions of the first edition of Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality from 1905 (with Philippe Van Haute), and the volume Dora – Hysteria – Gender. Reconsidering Freud’s First Case Study (with Daniela Finzi). Philippe Van Haute is professor of philosphical anthropology at Radboud University in Njmegen and a psychoanalyst of the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis of which he was president from 2006-2009. He published extensively on the relation between psychoanalysis and philosophy. Among his last publications in English (with Tomas Geyskens) Towards an non-oedipal psychoanalysis? Clinical anthropology of hysteria in Freud and Lacan (2012) and (with Herman Westerink and U. Kistner). Sigmund Freud. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. The 1905 edition (2017).