Peter T. Hoffer PhD

Peter T. Hoffer PhD

Professor Emeritus of German


BA (Columbia University)

MA(Tufts University)

PhD (University of Pennsylvania)

Research Interests

Modern German literature, history and culture; Intellectual history; History of psychiatry/psychoanalysis; Translation 

Selected Scholarly Activity


  • Klaus Mann (Twayne's World Authors Series #435, Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1978)


  • The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sàndor Ferenczi, vols. I, II, III (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993, 1996, 2000).
  • (with A. Hoffer) A Phylogenetic Fantasy: Overview of the Transference Neuroses (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987).


  • From Elasticity to the Confusion of Tongues: A Historical Commentary on the Technical Dimension of the Freud/Ferenczi Controversy.” Psychoanalytic Perspectives. A Journal of Integration and Innovation, Vol. 7.1, Spring 2010
  • “Ferenczi’s Collaboration with Rank: On Paradigm Shift and the Origins of Complementarity in Psychoanalysis.” The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2008, 68 (128-138).
  • (2005) Reflections on cathexis. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 74: 1127-1135
  • (2003) The wise baby meets the enfant terrible: The evolution of Ferenczi's views on development. Psychoanalytic Psychology 20, No. 1. 18-29.
  • Hoffer P., Hoffer, A. (1999) Ferenczi's fatal illness in historical context. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 47, No. 4. 1257-1268.
  • (1994) Stefan Zweig, Freud, and the literary transference. Literature and Psychology 40,  nos. 1 & 2. 10-23.

Contact Information

Office location: East Building Room 204
Mailing address: Box 102
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8905

p [dot] hoffer [at] usciences [dot] edu