Melanie Klein (European Perspectives
A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 304 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 29 September 2004|
To the renowned psychoanalyst, philosopher, and linguist Julia Kristeva, Melanie Klein (1882--1960) was the most original innovator, male or female, in the psychoanalytic arena. Klein pioneered psychoanalytic practice with children and made major contributions to our understanding of both psychosis and autism. Along the way, she successfully introduced a new approach to the theory of the unconscious without abandoning the principles set forth by Freud. In her first biography of a fellow psychoanalyst, the prolific Kristeva considers Klein's life and intellectual development, weaving a narrative that covers the history of psychoanalysis and illuminates Kristeva's own life and work. Kristeva tells the remarkable story of Klein's life: an unhappy wife and mother who underwent analysis, and -- without a medical or other advanced degree -- became an analyst herself at the age of 40. In examining her work, Kristeva proposes that Klein's "break" with Freud was really an attempt to complete his theory of the unconscious. Kristeva addresses Klein's numerous critics, and, in doing so, bridges the wide gulf between the clinical and theoretical worlds of psychoanalysis. Klein is celebrated here as the first person to see the mother as the source of not only creativity, but of thought itself, and the first to consider the place of matricide in psychic development. As such, Klein is a seminal figure in the evolution of the provocative ideas about motherhood and the psyche for which Kristeva is most famous. Klein is thus, in a sense, a mother to Kristeva, making this book an account of the development of Kristeva's own thought as well as Klein's.
About the Author
Julia Kristeva is an internationally known psychoanalyst and critic and is professor of linguistics at the University of Paris VII. She is the author of many highly regarded books published by Columbia in translation, including Hannah Arendt, Strangers to Ourselves, New Maladies of the Soul, Time and Sense, and The Sense and Non-Sense of Revalt.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Psychoanalytic Century1: Jewish Families, European Stories: A Depression and Its Aftermath2: Analyzing Her Children: From Scandal to Play Technique3: The Priority and Interiority of the Other and the Bond: The Baby Is Born with His Objects4: Anxiety or Desire: In the Beginning Was the Death Drive5: A Most Early and Tyrannical Superego6: The Cult of the Mother or an Ode to Matricide? The Parents7: The Phantasy as a Metaphor Incarnate8: The Immanence of Symbolism and Its Degrees9: From the Foreign Language to the Filigree of the Loyal and Disloyal10: The Politics of Kleinianism
Klein (1882-1960) was internationally known as the mother of child analysis and a reformer in the field of Freudian psychoanalysis. Her contribution came via analysis of her own children and emphasized the darker side of object relations: envy, sadism, and Thanatos. She was born in Hungary, trained in Berlin, and had great influence in England after emigrating there, dividing the psychoanalytic profession between Anna Freud and herself. This intellectual biography is the second volume of "Female Genius: Life, Madness, Words," a trilogy by psychoanalyst and critic Kristeva (linguistics, Univ. of Paris). (Hannah Arendt, published last summer, was Volume 1; the forthcoming Colette will be Volume 3.) While the language is clear, it is riddled with psychoanalytic jargon and is appropriate for cognoscenti who admire Freud and want to delve into the work of an audacious and difficult follower. Kristeva, a formidable cultural historian and critic, brings a rich mix of data and ideas for psychoanalytic theorists, but Phyllis Grosskurth's Melanie Klein: Her World and Her Work (Jason Aronson, 1995) is much more suited to the general reader. E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kristeva, a formidable cultural historian and critic, brings a rich mix of data and ideas. Library Journal Not only is Kristeva superbly successful in this elaboration, but also I believe she is sometimes superior to Klein herself in the conceptual articulation of clinical insights. -- Aleksandar Dimitrijevic Metapsychology 6/15/05
|Publisher: ||Columbia University Press|
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