Peter L. Rudnytsky


Peter L. Rudnytsky received his undergraduate degrees summa cum laude from Columbia and with First Class Honours from Clare College, Cambridge, and his PhD from Yale. He joined the University of Florida faculty in 1992. He has been a Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard in 1983-84, a Fulbright Western Europe Regional Research Scholar in 1988-89, an Eccles Fellow at the University of Utah Humanities Center in 1993-94, and a Fulbright/Freud Society Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna in 2004. In 2008-09 and 2010-11, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University.

Trained as a Renaissance scholar, Professor Rudnytsky’s current areas of specialization include Freud, the history and theory of psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytic approaches to literature. He is the author of Freud and Oedipus (Columbia, 1987); The Psychoanalytic Vocation: Rank, Winnicott, and the Legacy of Freud (Yale, 1991); Psychoanalytic Conversations: Interviews with Clinicians, Commentators, and Critics (Analytic, 2000); Reading Psychoanalysis: Freud, Rank, Ferenczi, Groddeck (Cornell, 2002); and Rescuing Psychoanalysis from Freud and Other Essays in Re-Vision (Karnac, 2011). Among his numerous edited and co-edited books are Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces: Literary Uses of D. W. Winnicott (Columbia, 1993), Freud and Forbidden Knowledge (NYU, 1994), Ferenczi’s Turn in Psychoanalysis (NYU, 1996), Psychoanalyses/Feminisms (SUNY, 2000), Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (SUNY, 2008), and Her Hour Come Round at Last: A Garland for Nina Coltart (Karnac, 2011). Forthcoming in the Routledge Relational Perspectives series are Memory, I Say: Elizabeth Severn, Mutual Analysis, and the Experiential Origins of Ferenczian Trauma Theory and his edition of Elizabeth Severn’s The Discovery of the Self: A Study in Psychological Cure, which has been out of print since 1933.

In 2011, Professor Rudnytsky stepped down after ten years as editor of American Imago, founded by Sigmund Freud and Hanns Sachs in 1939 and published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Concurrently, he has launched two new book series: History of Psychoanalysis, with Professor Brett Kahr, published by Karnac Books; and Psychoanalytic Interventions, with Professor Esther Rashkin, published by Fordham University Press. Professor Rudnytsky serves on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalytic Psychology, American Journal of Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis and History.

Professor Rudnytsky is an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association as well as a Corresponding Member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. In 2001, he received the Local Educators’ Award from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education; and in 2003, he received the Gradiva Award for Reading Psychoanalysis from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. In 2011, an initiative led by Professor Rudnytsky resulted in the designation of the American Psychoanalytic Association as an Affiliated Organization of the Modern Language Association of America. He is the 2012 honoree of the Committee on Research and Special Training of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Professor Rudnytsky is co-chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a member of the Committee on Research of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Committed both personally and professionally to integrating the academic and clinical worlds of psychoanalysis, Professor Rudnytsky received an MSW from Florida State University in 2008 and has since become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Qualified Supervisor in Social Work in the State of Florida. He maintains an independent practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Gainesville.


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