The Work of the Negative

The Work of the Negative

by Andre Green

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The Work of the Negative by Andre Green

This is the first English translation of Le Travail du Negatif by the French psychoanalyst and thinker Andre Green. Green draws our attention to the work of the negative in Freud, examining aspects that are not normally associated with it: dream work, the work of mourning, identification, etc. The kernel of Green's argument is that the development of the ego and any experiencing of ourselves as subjects has to be achieved against an essential background of loss and absence. The phrase work of the negative refers to how we do or do not cope with this inevitability of lacking what we want.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853434709
Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
Publication date: 12/06/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 62.50(w) x 92.50(h) x 7.50(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Notevi
Translator's Acknowledgementsx
Author's Acknowledgementsxi
An Introduction to the Negative in Psychoanalysis1
1Aspects of the Negative: Semantic, Linguistic and Psychic14
2Hegel and Freud: Elements for an Improbable Comparison26
3Traces of the Negative in Freud's Work50
4The Death Drive, Negative Narcissism and the Disobjectalising Function81
5Masochism(s) and Narcissism in Analytic Failures and the Negative Therapeutic Reaction89
6Splitting: from Disavowal to Disengagement in Borderline Cases116
7The Work of the Negative and Hallucinatory Activity (Negative Hallucination)161
8Sublimation: Considered First as a Vicissitude of the Sexual Drive and Then as Being in the Service of the Death Drive215
On the Edge257
1The Work of the Negative (1986)269
2Negative Hallucination (1977)274
3Seminar on the Work of the Negative (1988)279
4Primary Anality (1993)284
References of Publication306

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