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Little Madnesses: Winnicott, Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience

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'Little madnesses' are our most deeply felt enthusiasms, investments and attachments in the sphere of culture. The term was coined by the child psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, whose work on transitional phenomena grew out of his naming of the transitional object, and extended into preliminary explorations of the crucial role played by cultural experience in a life that feels satisfying.

Here, in original chapters, writers, artists, scholars develop and revitalize cultural theory by exploring the idea of ...

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Overview

'Little madnesses' are our most deeply felt enthusiasms, investments and attachments in the sphere of culture. The term was coined by the child psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, whose work on transitional phenomena grew out of his naming of the transitional object, and extended into preliminary explorations of the crucial role played by cultural experience in a life that feels satisfying.

Here, in original chapters, writers, artists, scholars develop and revitalize cultural theory by exploring the idea of transitional phenomena and its potential to extend and deepen our understanding of cultural experience in mental and social life. Exploring cult films, computer use, installation art, trips to the cinema, museums and galleries, and the agony and ecstasy of making art, they focus on the importance of space, place, and boundaries in cultural experience; on how we can negotiate the use of media, as well as cultural identity; and consider the aesthetic and creative aspects of cultural experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780761619
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Annette Kuhn is Senior Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, a longstanding co-editor of the jourbanal Screen, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her books include Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination (1995 and 2002); An Everyday Magic: Cinema and Cultural Memory (I.B.Tauris, 2002); Ratcatcher (2008); and (with Guy Westwell) The Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies (2012).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
• Acknowledgments
• List of Illustrations
• Little Madnesses: An Introduction
• Spaces and Frames
• Spaces and Frames: An Introduction
• The Location of Virtual Experience
• The Playing Spectator
• Home is Where We Start From
• Soundspace
• Media Users
• Media Users: An Introduction
• Pleasure and Adult Development
• Recoded Transitional Objects & Fan Re-readings of Puzzle Films
• The Reality of the Experience of Fiction
• On the Use of a Film: Cultural Experiences as Symbolic Resources
• Cultural Experience and Creativity
• Cultural Experience and Creativity: An Introduction
• Cultural Experience and the Gallery Film
• Making Space
• The Little Madnesses of Museums
• Found Objects and Mirroring Forms
• Contributors
• Select Bibliography
• Index

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