Professor Matt Ffytche

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Professor Matt Ffytche



I am currently supervising the following PhD students: Rebecca Reynolds: Freud After Bataille: Death, Dissolution and the Pursuit of the 'Oceanic' Feeling Max Maher: Lacan's Lumpenproletariat: The Politics of Psychoanalysis Yichi Zhang: Comparative Studies: Bion and Buddhism Debbie Phung: CG Jung, Analytical Psychology, and the 'Structure of Feeling' of Literary Modernism 1900-1940 Shehzad Raj: Ambivalence and Penetration of Barriers in the Worship of Dionysus: Analysing the enacting of psychical conflicts in religious ritual and societal structure Mark Saban: The Dialectical Psyche: Jung and the Opposites Previously Supervised Projects: Christian McMillan:Jung, Bergson and intuitive knowledge: The structure and dynamics of archetypes and a-casual process in durational time - A theory Tom Minor: The Psychoanalytic Meaning and Truth of Sadomasochistic Action in Euripidean Tragedy Marie-Louise Mederer: Examining Chance in Philosophy, Depth Psychology and Literature

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The history of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology

Psychosocial Studies and integrations of psychology with sociology

Nineteenth-century theories of the unconscious

German Romantic psychology and philosophy

Psychoanalysis and critical theory

Modernist poetry and poetics

Conferences and presentations

Outsider Hermeneutics

Keynote presentation, Outsider Hermeneutics, Neubauer Collegium, 27/10/2018

Society Without the Father: Psychoanalytic Authority in Postwar Sociology', History and Psychoanalysis During the Postwar Period, Heyman Centre, Columbia University, NY (5 April, 2014)


Mythos in Evolutionary Time: Schelling, Freud and H. P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu, Centre for the Study of Myth, Aberdeen (1 May, 2013).


The Eclipse of the Father: The Frankfurt School on the Superego in the Age of Totalitarianism, Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis, St John's College, Oxford (18 February, 2013).


The Embryo Individual: Early twentieth century psychodynamic perspectives on the origins of selfhood, Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series, UCL (11 December, 2012).


The Superego as a Historical Crisis, for Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism, Wellcome Collection Centre, London (22 September, 2012).


Talk on The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche, Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck (19 March, 2012).


Truth and the National Interest: Freud and the Neocons, for Psychoanalysis and Politics: Nationalism and the Body Politic, Oslo, 25-27 March 2011


Hoffmanns Mines of Falun: Myth, History and Indeterminacy in the Depths of the Soul, for Myth, Literature and the Unconscious, Centre for Myth Studies, University of Essex (2-4 September, 2010)


Psychoanalysis in the School of Cambridge Poetry (1970-2010): John Wilkinson, Denise Riley, Nick Totton, John Welch, for Poetry and Psychoanalysis, Exeter College, Oxford (1July, 2012).


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Literature and the Unconscious (PA406)

Previous supervision

Wolfgang Lassmann
Wolfgang Lassmann
Thesis title: Lost to Desire. Stories That Refuse to be Dreamt. the Investigative Burden of the Psychosomatic School of Paris
Degree subject: Psychoanalytic Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 15/2/2019
Shehzad Dorai Raj
Shehzad Dorai Raj
Thesis title: Ambivalence and Penetration of Boundaries in the Worship of Dionysos: Analysing the Enacting of Psychical Conflicts in Religious Ritual and Myth, with Reference to Societal Structure
Degree subject: Psychoanalytic Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/12/2018
Dominik Havsteen-Franklin
Dominik Havsteen-Franklin
Thesis title: When Is a Metaphor? Art Psychotherapy and the Formation of the Creative Relationship Metaphor
Degree subject: Psychoanalytic Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/10/2016
Marie-Louise Mederer
Marie-Louise Mederer
Thesis title: Making Chance Meaningful: Exploring Links with Creativity and It's Culturally Subversive Application
Degree subject: Psychoanalytic Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 26/1/2016
Karl Hans Christian Mcmillan
Karl Hans Christian Mcmillan
Thesis title: The 'Image of Thought' in Jung's 'Whole-Self': A Critical Study
Degree subject: Psychoanalytic Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 21/5/2015


Journal articles (6)

Ffytche, M., Throwing the case open: the impossible subject of Luisa Passerini’s Autobiography of a Generation. History of the Human Sciences

ffytche, M., (2017). Psychoanalytic sociology and the traumas of history: Alexander Mitscherlich between the disciplines. History of the Human Sciences. 30 (5), 3-29

ffytche, M., (2013). Freud and the Neocons: The Narrative of a Political Encounter from 1949-2000. Psychoanalysis and History. 15 (1), 5-44

ffytche, M., (2012). Night of the Unexpected: A Critique of the 'Uncanny ' and Its Apotheosis Within Cultural and Social Theory. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics. 75 (1), 63-81

ffytche, M., (2010). Objects and How to Survive Them: Several Views of John Wilkinson's 'Saccades'. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 2 (1), 7-34

ffytche, M., (2007). ‘The Most Obscure Problem of All’: Autonomy and its Vicissitudes inthe Interpretation of Dreams. Psychoanalysis and History. 9 (1), 39-70

Books (2)

ffytche, M. and Pick, D., (2016). Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism. Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-879388-0

ffytche, M., (2011). The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche. Cambridge University Press. 9780521766494

Book chapters (7)

ffytche, M., (2016). The Superego as Social Critique: Frankfurt School Psychoanalysis and the Fall of the Bourgeois Order. In: Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism. Editors: ffytche, M. and Pick, D., . Routledge Taylor & Francis. 978-1-13-879388-0

ffytche, M., (2016). Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious. In: Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Editors: Elliott, A. and Prager, J., . Routledge. 0-415-62692-7. 978-0-415-62692-7

ffytche, M. and Pick, D., (2016). Introduction. In: Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism. Editors: Ffytche, M. and Pick, D., . Routledge Taylor & Francis. 1- 2. 978-1-13-879388-0

ffytche, M., (2013). Investigating Bion?s Aesthetic Turn: A Memoir of the Future and the 1970s. In: Bion?s Sources: The Shaping of Genius. Editors: Torres, N. and Hinshelwood, RD., . Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 0415532094

ffytche, M., (2010). 'The Arduous Path of Appearance': Phenomenology and its Uncertainties in the Work of George Oppen. In: Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. Editors: Bourne-Taylor, C. and Mildenberg, A., . Peter Lang. 189- 214. 9783039114092

ffytche, M., (2010). The modernist road to the unconscious. In: The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Editors: Brooker, P., Gasiorek, A., Longworth, D. and Thacker, A., . OxfordUniversity Press. 410- 428. 9780199545445

ffytche, M., (2008). Psychology in Search of Psyches: Friedrich Schelling, Gotthilf Schubert and the Obscurities of the Romantic Soul. In: Romantic Psyche and Psychoanalysis. Editors: Faflak, J., . Praxis

Grants and funding


Social Theoretical Contexts for the Conceptualisation of Transgenerational Trauma and Projective Identification




Colchester Campus