Antonino Ferro: A Contemporary Introduction

Author(s) : Robert Snell

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Antonino Ferro: A Contemporary Introduction

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 196
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  • Catalogue No : 97485
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032321967
  • ISBN 10 : 1032321962
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This book provides a clear, thorough and accessible introduction to the work of Antonino Ferro, and draws on the clinical vignettes that punctuate his writings to show how Ferro has built on Bion’s revolutionary achievements to develop a distinctive, game-changing version of field theory in psychoanalysis.

The book clarifies the phenomenological insight that analyst and patient together generate an ever-evolving, intersubjective field. Rather than the supposed psychology of the individual, it is this populous and multi-dimensional field, a co-created ‘in-between’ rich in characters and stories, that is to be explored and elaborated. The primary points of access to this new ‘multiverse’ are dream, reverie, metaphor and imagination. A radical

Negative Capability is called for, not least to help dissolve co-constructed ‘bastions’ obstructing the field’s expansion. The book sketches out the Italian and international context in which Ferro developed his thinking, and addresses some key critical questions. It concludes that Ferro’s life’s work, which marries theoretical rigour with a revitalising increase in playfulness and freedom of response, is a transformational force within psychoanalysis and a major catalyst in its evolution.

This important volume is rewarding reading for beginning and seasoned analysts alike, as well as for psychotherapists, counsellors, humanities scholars and anyone interested in psychoanalysis.

Reviews and Endorsements

Antonino Ferro… has helped revitalize a noble art, but one that sometimes runs the risk of being reduced to ritualistic repetition of empty formulas… more the litany of a religious rite than the exercise of a true love for research about the essence of what makes us human. It is about time that a monograph devoted entirely to him and his thought saw the light of day. For this we must be grateful to Robert Snell, the author of this beautiful book. It is easy to predict that it will be a great success among all psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, humanities scholars and educated people interested in psychoanalysis.
Giuseppe Civitarese, author of Sublime Subjects: Aesthetic Experience and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis

The mastery of Bion's work and familiarity with Italian psychoanalysis make Robert Snell's work a precious manual of post-Bionian Field Theory. The clear style and the competent and balanced attitude make reading pleasant, not only to those who want to approach the fundamentals of BFT but also to those who, already familiar with it, want to bring order to theoretical concepts and clinical practice.
Fulvio Mazzacane, Member of the SPI, President of the Centro Psicoanalitico de Pavia

The profound essence of certain landscapes took on new meaning for me through the pages of this book… an invaluable contribution.
Antonino Ferro, President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, training and supervising analyst in the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytical Association

Table of Contents

1. Foundations
2. The Bionian Dream Model
3. Practice and Theory
4. Discussion
5. Conclusion

About the Author(s)

Robert Snell is an analytic psychotherapist, a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Therapeutic Education at Roehampton University. He has a doctorate in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute, and is the author of Théophile Gautier: A Romantic Critic of the Visual Arts, co-author with Del Loewenthal of Postmodernism for Psychotherapists: A Critical Reader), and author of Uncertainties, Mysteries, Doubts. Romanticism and the Analytic Attitude.

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