The New Klein-Lacan Dialogues

Editor : Julia Borossa, Editor : Catalina Bronstein, Editor : Claire Pajaczkowska

The New Klein-Lacan Dialogues

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 352
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 33112
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491189
  • ISBN 10 : 1780491182
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This book provides a timely exploration and comparison of key concepts in the theories of Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan, two thinkers and clinicians whose influence over the development of psychoanalysis in the wake of Freud has been profound and far-reaching. Whilst the centrality of the unconscious is a strong conviction shared by both Klein and Lacan, there are also many differences between the two schools of thought and the clinical work that is produced in each. The purpose of this collection is to take seriously these similarities and differences.

Deeply relevant to both theoretical reflection and clinical work, the New Klein-Lacan Dialogues should make interesting reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, mental health professionals, scholars and all those who wish to know more about these two leading figures in the field of psychoanalysis.

The collection centres around key concepts such as: ‘symbolic function’, the ‘ego’, the ‘object’, the ‘body’, ‘trauma’, ‘autism’, ‘affect’ and ‘history and archives’. The authors are internationally renowned writers and clinicians and include: Eva Bahovec, Lionel Bailly, Rachel Blass, Ronald Britton, Catalina Bronstein, Bernard Burgoyne, Robert Hinshelwood, Roberto Ileyassoff, Marie-Christine Laznik, Elias Mallet da Rocha Barros, Catherine Mathelin-Vanier, Maria Rhode, Elisabeth Roudinesco, Richard Rusbridger, Michael Rustin , Paul Verhaeghe and Marcus Vieria.

Re-opening a dialogue first attempted with great success in 1995 ("The Klein-Lacan Dialogues", organised by Catalina Bronstein and Bernard Burgoyne), this book is based on a new international seminar series collaboratively organised by colleagues at UCL, Middlesex University, and the Royal College of Art and held in 2011 under the auspices of the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit.

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‘Ever since psychoanalysis stopped being a unified discipline, ever since Freud’sdiscovery fractured into competing schools and traditions, streams and paradigms, a certain "bunker mentality" has reigned over the psychoanalytic field. This new collection of Klein-Lacan dialogues succeeds wonderfully in making rigid theoretical and clinical boundaries more permeable, not with a view to re-unifying two major strands of thought in contemporary psychoanalysis, but in an attempt to show how Klein was to some extent always already a proto-Lacanian, how Lacan borrowed more from Klein than he and his followers have been prepared to admit, and how both were essentially driven by the same clinical concerns. As a record of a series of hugely productive dialogues, I can only hope that this book will elicit more dialogues.’
- Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London, and Chair of the Freud Museum, London

‘In this volume, which emerged from a series of seminars and discussions, leading figures from both these schools of thought engage with each other, creating the possibility for real dialogue. This is not just a series of position statements – the editors required the authors to make their own thinking clear but also to really engage with each other, without brushing over differences: differences which are real and sometimes substantial, thus making it possible for real dialogue to occur. The editors have fulfilled their aim admirably - a remarkable achievement. Given that true dialogue is the basis of all serious scholarly work, this book will be recognised and enjoyed by all those who are interested in getting to grips with leading currents of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and technique.’
- Dr David Bell, training and supervising analyst; former President of the British Psychoanalytical Society; and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic

‘This much-anticipated volume is the outcome of a sustained conversation between clinicians and scholars of psychoanalysis – a discipline and a praxis that is notorious for passionate schisms and betrayals, expulsions and dissolutions, and failures of dialogue. The contributors are to be congratulated for their commitment to psychoanalysis’s radical project and advances in theory and clinical practice. ‘
- Dr Anne Worthington, psychoanalyst, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University; member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and the College of Psychoanalysts, UK

About the Editor(s)

Julia Borossa is the director of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, and of the Postgraduate Programmes in Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. She is the author of Hysteria (2001) and of numerous articles and book chapters on the history, politics and cultures of psychoanalysis; the editor of Sandor Ferenczi: Selected Writings (1999) and (with Ivan Ward) of Psychoanalysis, Fascism, Fundamentalism (2009).

Catalina Bronstein MD is a visiting professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London. She is a fellow and training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and as an analyst at the British Psychoanalytical Society. She works as a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in private practice and also at the Brent Adolescent Centre. She is on the Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and until recently she was the London Editor of IJP. She lectures in Britain and abroad, and has written numerous papers, chapters in books and monographs on a wide variety of topics. She edited Kleinian Theory: a Contemporary Perspective (London: Wiley, 2001) .

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Claire Pajaczkowska leads a group of doctoral researchers investigating the agency of tacit knowledge in the creative process, at the Royal College of Art, London. Her own PhD 'Before Language' (1989 School of Humanities, Middlesex University) was a study of psychoanalysis and materialism. Recent publications include Thread of Attachment in Textiles: the Journal of Cloth and Culture (Berg,2007); with Ivan Ward Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture (Routledge,2008); The Sublime Now (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010); and On Humming : Marion Milner's contribution to psychoanalysis.

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