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The Vitality of Objects: Exploring the Work of Christopher Bollas

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This distinctive collection marks the far-reaching influence of Christopher Bollas's lifework and thought. In documenting the originality, and indeed the compelling "vitality," of Bollas's writings, the contributors do more than pay tribute to one of the world's most innovative psychoanalysts: what they also offer, in rich bold brushstrokes, is an exquisite and timely picture of the fertile landscapes in art, literature, and other disciplines that border and bridge contemporary ...
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Overview

This distinctive collection marks the far-reaching influence of Christopher Bollas's lifework and thought. In documenting the originality, and indeed the compelling "vitality," of Bollas's writings, the contributors do more than pay tribute to one of the world's most innovative psychoanalysts: what they also offer, in rich bold brushstrokes, is an exquisite and timely picture of the fertile landscapes in art, literature, and other disciplines that border and bridge contemporary psychoanalysis.
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Michael Eigen
"A mouth-watering collection of essays celebrating the evocative, tantalizing, multi-directionalal thought of a major psychoanalytic writer. Dip in and enjoy, lose your bearings and watch them swim around you, before reaching new, shining places. A rich tribute to Christopher Bollas's love of creativity."
Michael Eigen, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at NYU
Michael Eigen
“A mouth-watering collection of essays celebrating the evocative, tantalizing, multi-directionalal thought of a major psychoanalytic writer. Dip in and enjoy, lose your bearings and watch them swim around you, before reaching new, shining places. A rich tribute to Christopher Bollas’s love of creativity.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819565358
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2002
  • Series: Disseminations: Psychoanalysis in Contexts
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Essays from Psychoanalysis
1 Lost in Thought: The Receptive Unconscious 9
2 Idiom, Intuition and Unconscious Intelligence: Thoughts on Some Aspects of the Writings of Christopher Bollas 37
3 Futures 53
4 Transformational, Conservative and Terminal Objects: The Application of Bollas's Concepts to Practice 58
5 'Love Is Where It Finds You': The Caprices of the 'Aleatory Object' 78
Pt. II Essays from Other Disciplines
6 Returns of the Repressed: Some New Applications of Psychoanalysis to Ethnography 95
7 Of Knowledge and Mothers: On the Work of Christopher Bollas 108
8 The Poetics of Analysis: Klein, Bollas and the Theory of the Text 125
9 'If My Mouth Could Marry a Hurt Like That!': Reading Auto-Mutilation, Auto-Biography in the Work of Christopher Bollas and Sylvia Plath 139
10 Painting into a Corner: Representation as Shelter 158
11 Cracking Up the Audience 166
Pt. III A Conversation with Christopher Bollas 179
Christopher Bollas: Selected Bibliography 223
Index 225
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