Zaretsky, Eli

Eli Zaretsky

Eli Zaretsky
PhD 1978, University of Maryland
Professor of History

Cultural history; 20th-century history; history of the family; psychoanalysis.
Recent Publications:
  • Why America Needs a Left: An Historical Argument (Cambridge; Polity Press, 2012).
    Translation: Left: un Essai sur l’autre gauche aux États-Unis
  • “Political Freud,” currently under contract with Columbia University Press
  • "Psychoanalysis and the Spirit of Capitalism,” Constellations, 2008, 15 (3), pp, 366-381
    German translation: Merkur, Spring, 2006
    French translation: Actuel Marx, Autumn, 2006
    Polish Translation, Przeglad Polityczny (Political Review).
  • “The Place of Psychoanalysis in the History of the Jews,” Psychoanalysis and History, vol. 8, no. 2, 2006.
  • “Beyond the Blues: Richard Wright, Psychoanalysis and the Modern idea of Culture,’ in Joy Damousi and Mariano Plotkin, The Transnational Unconscious (2007). 
  • “Freud in the Twenty First Century,”in  Zeitschrift für Individualpsychologie and Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde (2007) Joe Merlino, Freud at 150, (New York, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)
  • "Psychoanalysis, the Family and Personal Life: Narcissism and the 'Relational Revolution' of the 1960," E.I.A.L. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, Volume 18, Number 1, (2007). Special issue on transnational psychoanalysis.

  • “Narcissism, Personal Life and Identity: The Place of the 1960s in the History of Psychoanalysis,” Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 13, (94-104) 2008
  • “Collective Memory and Narrative: A Response to Etkind,” Constellations, 16 (1), pp. 201-204

  • “Psychoanalysis, Vulnerability and War,” in Adrienne Harris, ed., First Do No Harm,  (New York: Routledge, 2010)
    Translated as Psychanalyse, vulnérabilité et guerre, in Le Coq-’Heron 201
  • “Psychoanalysis, Authoritarianism and the 1960s,” in Joy Damousi and Mariano Ben Plotkin, Psychoanalysis and Politics: Histories of Psychoanalysis under Conditions of Restricted Political Freedom, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • “Psychoanalysis and Jewish History,” Encyclopedia of Jewish History (forthcoming)
  • “Rethinking the American Left,” Socialist Register, 2012
    Translation: Merkur 2013.
  • “What is Political History,” Reviews in American History, Autumn, 2013
  • “Freud’s Theory of Memory,” in Dimitri Nikulin, Memory, forthcoming
Office Location:
80 Fifth Ave, Room 506
Office Hours:
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5376, ext. 3131


Awards and Honors:

Visiting Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, August, 2005 

Robert J. Stoller Foundation Award, 1995 annual prize for the best essay on the subject of psychoanalysis awarded for "Bisexuality and the Ambivalent Legacy of Psychoanalysis."

Affiliated Scholar, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, July - January, 1995

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