The Poetics Of Psychoanalysis: In The Wake Of Klein

Hardcover | December 22, 2005

byMary Jacobus

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The Poetics of Psychoanalysis: In the Wake of Klein explores the literary aspects of the twentieth-century psychoanalytic tradition that has come to be known as British Object Relations psychoanalysis. Focusing on Melanie Klein's legacy to psychoanalysis between the 1930s and 1970s, it dealswith major figures such as Riviere, Isaacs, Winnicott, Milner, and Bion, as well as Klein's contemporary, Ella Sharpe. Mary Jacobus breaks new ground by giving a central place to the literary and aesthetic concerns of the British Object Relations tradition. Paying close attention to writing that isoften side-lined by literary critics and theorists, she makes fruitful connections with particular works of literature and art, along with pressing contemporary issues. The three sections focus on the transitions, mediations, and transformations that took place in British Object Relations psychoanalysis as Klein's ideas were developed and transformed. Situating Kleinian thought in relation to later developments and differences, while making it accessible tonon-psychoanalytic readers, The Poetics of Psychoanalysis argues against the separation of British and continental traditions and for the continuing links between psychoanalysis and aesthetics. Rather than applying psychoanalytic ideas to literature and aesthetics, the book traces the British ObjectRelations tradition as a form of proto-modernist discourse in its own right. Linked by a common thread of ideas and structured to reflect a roughly chronological trajectory, individual chapters can also be read as free-standing critical essays. Aimed at literary readers, this book will also be ofinterest to psychoanalytic practitioners and cultural theorists.

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The Poetics of Psychoanalysis: In the Wake of Klein explores the literary aspects of the twentieth-century psychoanalytic tradition that has come to be known as British Object Relations psychoanalysis. Focusing on Melanie Klein's legacy to psychoanalysis between the 1930s and 1970s, it dealswith major figures such as Riviere, Isaacs, W...

Mary Jacobus has taught at Oxford, Cornell, and Cambridge, where she is currently Professor of English (Grace 2). She was formerly Anderson Chair of English and Women's Studies at Cornell University. Her work spans Romantic literature, feminist criticism and theory, and psychoanalysis.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 22, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199246366

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PART I: TRANSITIONS1. Body Poetics: Ella Sharpe1.1. 'Brownie' Sharpe and the Stuff of Dreams1.2. Air Wars: iHamlet/i and the Magical Phallus2. Stolen Goods: Joan Riviere3. The Mirror of Theory: Klein's BooksPART II: MEDIATIONS4. Magical Arts: The Poetics of Play5. Flaying the Mind: Milner and the Myth of Marsyas6. Communicating and Not Communicating: Wordsworth and WinnicottPART III: TRANSFORMATIONS7. Palinurus and the Tank: Bion's War8. Prometheus on the Couch: The Language of Terror9. Catastrophe in the Poppy Field: Bion's Aesthetics10. The Unexpected: Bionic Woman