Promises, Promises: Essays on Literature and Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Adam Phillips

Promises, Promises: Essays on Literature and Psychoanalysis

Book Details

  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Published : January 2002
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 400
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 87437
  • ISBN 13 : 9780571209736
  • ISBN 10 : 0571209734

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This is a collection of essays that sets out to make and break the links between psychoanalysis and literature. It gives insights into anorexia and cloning, the work of Tom Stoppard and A.E. Housman, the effect of the Blitz on Londoners, Nijinsky's diary and Martin Amis's "Night Train".

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'He writes compellingly... Because he loves literature and plainly loves writing too, Adam Phillips makes psychoanalysis plausible to the outsider. By questioning its aims and qualifying its claims, he reduces its scientific pretensions but makes it a lot more credible as therapy.'
- Christian Tyler, Financial Times;

'A brilliant collection of essays around the subjects in which Phillips excels.'
- Melvyn Bragg, Observer

About the Author(s)

Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English Department at the University of York. He is the author of several well-known volumes, all widely acclaimed, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects and recently On Kindness, co-written with historian Barbara Taylor, On Balance, Missing Out and One Way and Another.

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