Bion and Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Reading a Memoir of the Future

Editor : Giuseppe Civitarese

Bion and Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Reading a Memoir of the Future

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 232
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 40611
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138038851
  • ISBN 10 : 1138038857

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This book examines the importance and continued relevance of A Memoir of the Future in understanding and applying Bion's work to contemporary psychoanalysis. Bion continued to innovate throughout his life, but the Memoir has been largely overlooked. Focusing on A Memoir of the Future is not only of deep interest in terms of the author's biography, or even only in function of a better understanding of his theoretical concepts, but can also be considered, for all intents and purposes, the final chapter of an ingenious creative enterprise.

While by some it was thought as the evidence of Bion's presumed senility, this book challenges that perspective, arguing that it represents the last challenge he issued to the psychoanalytic Establishment. In each chapter, the authors explore this notion that A Memoir of the Future forms an essential part of Bion's theory, and that in it he establishes a new 'aesthetic' psychoanalytic paradigm. With an international list of distinguished authors, this is a key book for any analysts interested in a comprehensive understanding of Bion's work.

About the Editor(s)

Giuseppe Civitarese is a psychiatrist and training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and a member of the of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He lives and is in private practice in Pavia, Italy. He is the editor of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi, the official journal of the SPI.

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