The Girl who Committed Hara-Kiri and Other Clinical and Historical Essays

Author(s) : Franco Borgogno, Translator : Alice Spencer

The Girl who Committed Hara-Kiri and Other Clinical and Historical Essays

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 424
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 32799
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780490779
  • ISBN 10 : 1780490771

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This book bears witness to the author's psychoanalytic journey from the years 1994-1995 to the present, and as such is a completion and a continuation of his previous Psychoanalysis as a Journey of 1999. The book is divided into two parts: one clinical and the other theoretical. The two parts are connected to each other, since the concepts and authors on whom the second (theoretical-clinical) part are focused make up the “tools of the trade” that the author utilizes in the first part to describe his work with patients. In particular, Borgogno describes his work with “M,” who is the protagonist of many of these pages.

The first (clinical) part contains the text, more or less unmodified, of the analytic paper that the author presented fifteen years ago in order to be appointed a training and supervising analyst. The second (theoretical) part of the book groups together the subjects and mentors who have influenced his reflections throughout these years. The author focuses, among others, on Freud, Ferenczi, and Winnicott, but also on Heimann, Bion, Alice Balint, Michael Balint, Enid Balint, and Little.

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‘Franco Borgogno's new book is a unique phenomenon in psychoanalytic literature. The author, whose own clinical and theoretical thinking is richly fertilized by numerous voices, here invites several contemporary psychoanalysts – from Italy, the United States, Israel and Argentina – to enter into an open dialogue with him around a fascinating analytic case which he wrote up with much literary talent. The emerging multiplicity of voices, and Borgogno's own thoughtful responses to his colleagues, create a stimulating discourse, and offer rich evidence of the creative multiplicity in worldwide psychoanalytic thought today.’
- Emanuel Berman, Professor of Psychology, University of Haifa, and Training and Supervising Analyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society

‘Franco Borgogno is a remarkable representative of the new Italian psychoanalytic stream, and his book perfectly integrates culture, creativity, innovation and authenticity. Contemporary psychoanalysis requires both international vision and personal characterization, and Borgogno’s psychoanalytic attitude towards patients, colleagues and theories fully satisfies these demands.’
- Stefano Bolognini, President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, and President Elect of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)

‘In the best traditions of the second part of last-century psychoanalysis initiated by Heimann, Winnicott, Balint, Bion and earlier by Ferenczi’s pioneering work, Borgogno presents an impressive and stimulating testimony of his way of being a psychoanalyst. His journey - open-ended, provisional, and unfinished - invites us to explore new areas of psychic change and freedom. The end of his journey is also the start of another: for the reader. This is a stimulating and formidable book.’
- André Haynal, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology, University of Geneva.

About the Author(s)

Franco Borgogno is full professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Turin and training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society. He is author of several papers and books, including Psychoanalysis as a Journey, and lectures and supervises throughout Europe and Israel, as well as in North and South America. He is part of the Editorial Board of Italian and International psychoanalytic journals and IPA Chair of the 'Psychoanalysis and University' Committee. In 2010 Borgogno has received the Mary Sigourney Award.

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