The Aesthetic Development: The Poetic Spirit of Psychoanalysis: Essays on Bion, Meltzer, Keats

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The Aesthetic Development: The Poetic Spirit of Psychoanalysis: Essays on Bion, Meltzer, Keats

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"Few people would be better qualified than Meg Harris Williams to write this innovative and eagerly anticipated post-Kleinian book. Deeply versed in the opus of Bion and Meltzer, Harris Williams enhances the concept of ‘catastrophic change’. The analyst who ‘eschews memory and desire’ observes the subtle interplay of transference and countertransference (Meltzer’s ‘counter dreaming’) as it works through aesthetic conflicts. The ensuing reciprocity of the patient’s and analyst’s unconscious is revealed as the aesthetical and ethical basis of psychoanalysis. In that sense the psychoanalytical process parallels that of poetic and artistic inspiration. They are all generated by creative internal objects. Harris Williams’ intellectual tour de force demonstrates convincingly the human capacity for symbolic thinking that underlies literary, artistic and psychoanalytic creativity. Her encyclopaedic understanding of literature, art and psychoanalysis contributes to this book’s virtuosity."

"This book points ahead into the future of psychoanalysis. Meg Harris Williams has done what few in our field are qualified to do. Her intimate knowledge of the thinking of Donald Meltzer, combined with her deep understanding of the arts, enables her to use Bion’s three great vertices – of art, of science and of religion – as the basis for a work of extraordinary integration. Beyond the many insights we are given into the aesthetic dimension of our science, we continually glimpse the ‘O’—the truth that cannot be spoken, but whose beauty can be known. There are whole realms of understanding ahead of us yet to be entered, and no one who reads this book can remain unaware of them."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855756175
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,058,381
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Meg Harris Williams is an artist and writer with a special interest in aesthetic experience. She collaborated with Donald Meltzer in The Apprehension of Beauty and The Claustrum. Her latest books on psychoanalysis and poetry are The Vale of Soulmaking and The Aesthetic Development.

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Table of Contents

-Psychoanalysis – an art or a science?
-Aesthetic Concepts of Bion and Meltzer
-The Domain of the Aesthetic Object
-Sleeping Beauty
-Psychoanalysis as an art form
-Bion’s Dream
-Moving Beauty

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