Todd Dufresne

Todd Dufresne

Todd Dufresne (born 1966) is a Canadian social and cultural theorist best known for his work on Sigmund Freud and the history of psychoanalysis. He is Professor of Philosophy at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.[1]

Education and career

Dufresne (PhD Social & Political Thought, York University, Toronto) was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the now defunct Psychoanalytic Thought Program at Trinity College, University of Toronto, before moving to Lakehead University in 1998. His administrative posts have included Chair of Philosophy, Interim Division Head of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and Founding Director of The Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture (aig+c). From 2008-2010 he was Research Chair of Social & Cultural Theory[2] at Lakehead University, and from 2008-2011 he was an "affiliated scholar" at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. He teaches in the areas of Continental philosophy, film, cultural studies, and social and political philosophy.

See also



As author

  • Killing Freud: 20th Century Culture and the Death of Psychoanalysis, London/New York: Continuum, 2003/2006. Also published in Indonesian and Chinese translations.
  • Tales From the Freudian Crypt: The Death Drive in Text and Context, preface by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000. Also published in Japanese translation (by Tokyo English professor Fuhito Endo).
Selected Essays
  • "On Film, Theory, and 'Film as Philosophy': Or, Philosophy Goes 'Pop'," Film and Philosophy, vol. 15 (2011): 139-154.
  • "Buying Andy Warhol: Review of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol," European Legacy, 13.2 (2008): 223-25.
  • "Psychoanalysis Eats Its Own: Or, The Heretical Saint Roazen," Psychoanalysis and History, 9.1 (2007): 93-109.
  • "After 'Beyond' Comes 'The Future': Freud's Absurdist Theatre of Reason," English Studies in Canada, 32.1 (March 2006): 27-43. PDF at:

As editor

  • Against Freud: Critics Talk Back, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007
  • Beyond the Pleasure Principle, by Sigmund Freud, ed. and intro. T. Dufresne, trans. by Gregory C. Richter, Peterborough: Broadview Books, 2011.
  • Returns of the 'French Freud': Freud, Lacan, and Beyond, New York/London: Routledge, 1997.
  • Freud Under Analysis, Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Books, 1997.
  • "Special Issue: After Psychoanalysis," Semiotic Review of Books, vol. 13.1 (January). Online:


  1. ^ "Who Are the Agency, And What Do They Want?," The Argus, March 16 (2010): 9. Archived at: See also:
  2. ^ Lakehead University Communications: