Freud's Art: Psychoanalysis Retold

Author(s) : Janet Sayers

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Freud's Art: Psychoanalysis Retold

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In Freud's Art: Psychoanalysis Retold, Janet Sayers provides a refreshingly new introduction to psychoanalysis by retelling its story through art. She does this by bringing together experts from the fields of psychoanalysis, art history and art education to show how art and psychoanalysis illuminate each other.

Freud's Art begins with the founding psychoanalytic insights of Freud, Jung and Klein. It then details art-minded developments of their ideas by Adrian Stokes, Jacques Lacan, Marion Milner and Donald Winnicott, before concluding with the recent theories of Jean Laplanche and Julia Kristeva. The result is a book which highlights the importance of psychoanalysis, together with painting and the visual arts, to understanding the centrality of visual imagery, fantasy, nightmares and dreams to the psychology of all of us, artists and non-artists alike. Illustrated throughout with fascinating case histories, examples of well known and amateur art, doodles, drawings, and paintings by both analysts and their patients, Freud's Art provides a compelling account of psychoanalysis for all those studying, working in, or simply intrigued by psychology, mental health and creativity today.

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After leaving Dartington Hall School (where Stokes spent time in the 1930s), and after studying philosophy and psychology at Cambridge, and clinical psychology at the Tavistock Clinic in London, Janet Sayers (née Toulson) moved to Canterbury where she works for the NHS and teaches, as emeritus professor of psychoanalytic psychology, at the University of Kent.

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