Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature

Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature

by Adam Phillips
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465056784

ISBN-13: 9780465056781

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Basic Books


As an essayist, Adam Phillips combines the best of two worlds: the mastery of psychotherapy as a practitioner and a theorist-and a reputation as one of the best literary writers around. In this collection of essays, he brings the two gifts to bear upon each other, reaching far beyond the borders of psychoanalytic discourse into art, novels, poetry, and history

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As an essayist, Adam Phillips combines the best of two worlds: the mastery of psychotherapy as a practitioner and a theorist-and a reputation as one of the best literary writers around. In this collection of essays, he brings the two gifts to bear upon each other, reaching far beyond the borders of psychoanalytic discourse into art, novels, poetry, and history to speculate on the relative merits of psychoanalysis and literature. In his quirky, epigrammatic style, Phillips shows us how psychoanalysis and literature at their best share the goal of shedding light on human character, the most fascinating of disorders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465056781
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1Poetry and Psychoanalysis1
2Bombs Away35
3Clutter: A Case History59
4Winnicott's Hamlet72
5The Sexual Liberation of Fritz Wittels92
6The Manicuring of Jacques Lacan107
7Pessoa's Appearances113
8On Translating a Person125
9Appreciating Pater148
10Minding Out161
11An Answer to Questions174
12Smile181
13Martin Amis and the Female Policeman188
14Narcissism, For and Against200
15Roaring Boy226
16Frederick Seidel's New Poetry238
17Coming to Grief257
18Editing Housman268
19On Eating, and Preferring Not To282
20The Pragmatics of Passion296
21Farber's Quibble310
22Prynne Collected322
23Christopher Hill's Revolution and Me326
24Sameness is All334
25Nijinsky's New Diary342
26Jokes Apart347
27Doing Heads358
28Promises, Promises364
Acknowledgements376

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