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New Physics

New Physics

by Gary Taylor


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Promises, Promises is a delightful new collection of essays which sets out to make and break the links between psychoanalysis and literature. It confirms Adam Phillips as a virtuoso performer able to reach far beyond the borders of psychoanalysis into art, drama, poetry and history. This collection gives us insights into anorexia and cloning, the work of Tom Stoppard and A. E. Housman, the effect of the Blitz on Londoners, Nijinsky's diary and Martin Amis's Night Train, and provides a case history of clutter. In a final essay, the author asks: why have analysis when you can read a book?

Promoting everywhere a refreshing version of a psychoanalysis that is more committed to happiness and inspiration than to self-knowledge or some absolute truth, Promises, Promises reaffirms Adam Phillips as a writer whose work, in the words of The Guardian, "hovers in a strange and haunting borderland between rigor and delight."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465050666
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/01/1972
Pages: 400

About the Author

Adam Phillips has been called "the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness." Formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, Phillips is the author of such works as Winnicott; On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; Monogamy; On Flirtation; Terror and Experts; Darwin's Worms; Promises, Promises; and Houdini's Box.

Table of Contents

1Poetry and Psychoanalysis1
2Bombs Away35
3Clutter: A Case History59
4Winnicott's Hamlet72
5The Sexual Liberation of Fritz Wittels92
6The Manicuring of Jacques Lacan107
7Pessoa's Appearances113
8On Translating a Person125
9Appreciating Pater148
10Minding Out161
11An Answer to Questions174
13Martin Amis and the Female Policeman188
14Narcissism, For and Against200
15Roaring Boy226
16Frederick Seidel's New Poetry238
17Coming to Grief257
18Editing Housman268
19On Eating, and Preferring Not To282
20The Pragmatics of Passion296
21Farber's Quibble310
22Prynne Collected322
23Christopher Hill's Revolution and Me326
24Sameness is All334
25Nijinsky's New Diary342
26Jokes Apart347
27Doing Heads358
28Promises, Promises364

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