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The Vitality of Objects: Exploring the Work of Christopher Bollas / Edition 1
     

The Vitality of Objects: Exploring the Work of Christopher Bollas / Edition 1

by Joseph Scalia, Malcolm Bowie
 

ISBN-10: 0819565342

ISBN-13: 9780819565341

Pub. Date: 08/19/2002

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

What is the goal of psychoanalysis? What is it that only it can do? Christopher Bollas raises these and other questions in his writings on psychoanalysis. The Vitality of Objects is a stunning collection of essays exploring the work of Christopher Bollas, described by Adam Phillips as “the most evocative psychoanalytic writer we have.” Through such

Overview

What is the goal of psychoanalysis? What is it that only it can do? Christopher Bollas raises these and other questions in his writings on psychoanalysis. The Vitality of Objects is a stunning collection of essays exploring the work of Christopher Bollas, described by Adam Phillips as “the most evocative psychoanalytic writer we have.” Through such influential books as The Shadow of the Object, The Mystery of Things, Cracking Up, Being a Character, Forces of Destiny, Hysteria, and with David Sundelson, The New Informants, Bollas's ideas have reached beyond the psychoanalytic community and proven equally relevant in the arts, social sciences and humanities.

In marking the scope of his concepts, the editor and contributors have retained Bollas's own commitment to clarity and complexity, opposing what Adam Phillips terms "the insidious violence of oversimplification" so prevalent in contemporary interdisciplinary thought. Broadly influential and potent, inspired by the vigor and fertility of Bollas’s writing, these essays significantly enhance contemporary discourse on the nature of self.

CONTRIBUTORS: Joel Beck, Kate Browne, Joanne Feit Diehl, Greg Drasler, James Grotstein, Arne Jemstedt, Gabriela Mann, Anthony Molino, Adam Phillips, Jacqueline Rose, Joseph Scalia, Wesley Shumar, Michael Szollosy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819565341
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2002
Series:
Disseminations: Psychoanalysis in Contexts
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Notes on Contributorsxi
Prefacexv
Introduction1
Part IEssays from Psychoanalysis
1.Lost in Thought: The Receptive Unconscious9
2.Idiom, Intuition and Unconscious Intelligence: Thoughts on Some Aspects of the Writings of Christopher Bollas37
3.Futures53
4.Transformational, Conservative and Terminal Objects: The Application of Bollas's Concepts to Practice58
5.'Love Is Where It Finds You': The Caprices of the 'Aleatory Object'78
Part IIEssays from Other Disciplines
6.Returns of the Repressed: Some New Applications of Psychoanalysis to Ethnography95
7.Of Knowledge and Mothers: On the Work of Christopher Bollas108
8.The Poetics of Analysis: Klein, Bollas and the Theory of the Text125
9.'If My Mouth Could Marry a Hurt Like That!': Reading Auto-Mutilation, Auto-Biography in the Work of Christopher Bollas and Sylvia Plath139
10.Painting into a Corner: Representation as Shelter158
11.Cracking Up the Audience166
Part IIIA Conversation with Christopher Bollas
Christopher Bollas, interviewed by Anthony Molino179
Christopher Bollas: Selected Bibliography223
Index225

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