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Volume 4, Number 1 (January 2006) : 21--40
Leon Trotsky's Family Romance

Mikhail Weisskopf
Rubric A: Literature and Ideology

Leon Trotsky’s account of his birth and childhood in his autobiography reverses the pattern of Freud’s “family romance.” If, according to this pattern, when the child fantasizes that his parents are not his real parents, the fantasy entails the image of the “real parents” as being of higher social standing, the symbolic undercurrents of Trotsky’s autobiography, implicitly downgrade his Jewish wealthy-farmer father and replace his actual origins by a transnational proletarian affiliation, more exalted in terms of his ideology. 
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