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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.

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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: 9780819565341
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2002
  • Series: Disseminations: Psychoanalysis in Contexts
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.79 (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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