Robert Hinshelwood is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is Professor in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. Susan Robinson is a psychoanalyst. Oscar Zarate is one of the UK's leading graphic artists. He has illustrated numerous Introducing titles. His graphic novel A Small Killing won the Will Eisner Prize.
Introducing Melanie Klein: A Graphic Guideby R. D. Hinshelwood
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INTRODUCING guide to the pioneering child psychoanalyst. Born in Vienna in 1882, Melanie Klein became a pioneer in child psychoanalysis and developed several ground-breaking concepts about the nature and crucial importance of the early stages of infantile development. Although she was a devoted Freudian, many of her ideas were seen within the psychoanalytic movement as highly controversial, and this led to heated conflicts, particularly with Freud's daughter, Anna. Introducing Melanie Klein brilliantly explains Klein's ideas, and shows the importance of her startling discoveries which raised such opposition at the time and are only now being recognized for their explanatory power. Her concepts of the depressive position and the paranoid-schizoid position are now in common usage and her work has to be taken seriously by psychoanalysts the world over. She is also now important in many academic fields within the human sciences.
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This book is a good introduction to the life of Melanie Klein and to her groundbreaking work. As the book title suggests, it is not intended to be an authoritative text but for those wanting to read more, citations are given to primary literature. The illustrations are a wonderful aid to the text and allow the reader to visualize what would be difficult to grasp from words alone. One could complete this book on one reading and be able to grasp the vocabulary of Klein's theories which is essential to understanding the writings of future analytic writers. The book does not require any previous knowledge of Klein or of psychoanalysis in general.