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Reading Klein
     

Reading Klein

by Margaret Rustin, Michael Rustin
 

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ISBN-10: 0415452945

ISBN-13: 9780415452946

Pub. Date: 12/22/2016

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Reading Klein provides an introduction to the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest psychoanalysts, known in particular for her contribution in developing child analysis and for her vivid depiction of the inner world. This book makes Melanie Klein’s works highly accessible, providing both substantial extracts from her writings, and

Overview

Reading Klein provides an introduction to the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest psychoanalysts, known in particular for her contribution in developing child analysis and for her vivid depiction of the inner world. This book makes Melanie Klein’s works highly accessible, providing both substantial extracts from her writings, and material by the authors exploring their significance.

Each chapter corresponds to a major field of Klein’s work outlining its development over almost 40 years. The first part is concerned with her theoretical and clinical contributions. It shows Klein to be a sensitive clinician deeply concerned for her patients, and with a remarkable capacity to understand their unconscious anxieties and to revise our understanding of the mind. The second part sets out the contribution of her ideas to morality, to aesthetics, and to the understanding of society, introducing writing by her associates as well as herself.

The book provides a lucid account of Klein’s published writing, presented by two distinguished writers who know her work well and have made creative use of it in their own clinical and extra-clinical writing. Its aim is to show how substantial her contribution to psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice was, and how indispensable it remains to understanding the field of psychoanalysis.

Reading Klein will be a highly valuable resource for students, trainees in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic practitioners, and all who are interested in Melanie Klein and her legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415452946
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/22/2016
Series:
New Library of Psychoanalysis Teaching Series
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and Biographical Note
  2. PART ONE

  3. Klein’s Early Work: Children’s Upbringing, Education and Child Analysis
  4. Epistemophilia – the Love of Understanding and its Inhibition
  5. Technique in Child Analysis
  6. Mourning, the Discovery of the Depressive Position and its Implications for the Theory of Oedipal Development
  7. Splitting, the Paranoid-Schizoid Position and the Concept of Projective Identification
  8. The Unique Status of Narrative of a Child Analysis
  9. Envy and Gratitude
  10. PART TWO

  11. Introduction to Part 2: Ethics, Aesthetics, Society
  12. Kleinian Ethics: the Morality of Love and Hate
  13. Kleinian Aesthetics
  14. Klein and Society

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