Making Progress: Tafuri, History and the Psychoanalysis of Society

Leach, Andrew (2003). Making Progress: Tafuri, History and the Psychoanalysis of Society. In: Maryam Gusheh and Naomi Stead, Progress: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, (178-182). 2003.

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Author Leach, Andrew
Title of paper Making Progress: Tafuri, History and the Psychoanalysis of Society
Conference name 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Conference location Sydney
Conference dates 2003
Proceedings title Progress: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Place of Publication Sydney
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1864875747
Editor Maryam Gusheh
Naomi Stead
Start page 178
End page 182
Total pages 5
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Among the philosophical and historiographical influences cited in studies of Manfredo Tafuri's oeuvre, Sigmund Freud is rarely considered. This paper argues the importance to Tafuri's historical research of both Freud's writing and Tafuri's own psychoanalytical experiences. While Tafuri does not often provide clear traces of Freud's influence, consideration of his writing in terms of Freudian analytical themes reveal several instances where the latter's model of analysis is referenced in Tafuri's historical method. In addressing Tafuri's deference to psychoanalytic processes in both Teorie e storia dell'architettura (1968) and 'Il Progetto storico' (1977), this paper reflects on the implications of this interpretation to the philologically driven investigations into Renaissance themes, undertaken more forcefully by Tafuri from these years and concluding with Ricerca del rinascimento (1992). It further suggests how Tafuri's later focus on cinquecento figures represents not a return to the Renaissance, as many have characterised it, but rather a logical conclusion to the application of psychoanalytical methodologies to historical study. The paper argues that Tafuri's insistence, from the late 1970s, on looking back into history is in itself a demonstration of the urgency he felt towards and the importance with which he viewed architectural issues of his time.
Subjects 310105 History of the Built Environment
440105 History of Philosophy and History of Ideas
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
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Keyword Manfredo Tafuri
Sigmund Freud
history of architecture
historiography
Q-Index Code E1

 
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