1st Edition

André Green Revisited Representation and the Work of the Negative

Edited By Gail S. Reed, Howard B. Levine Copyright 2019

    André Green was a leading voice in French psychoanalysis, a brilliant thinker and an innovative contributor to our field. His writings sit at the crossroads of contemporary psychoanalysis, where the challenges posed and the opportunities presented by the work of Lacan, Klein, Winnicott and Bion meet the still generative insights of Freud, many of which Green reminded us have yet to be fully developed or appreciated. Green’s expansion of Freud’s theory of psychic representation and his own formulation of the work of the negative exemplify his idea of clinical thinking and herald what many believe is a new paradigm for psychoanalysis.

    This volume of essays, written by an international group of scholars in response to and appreciation of Green’s contributions, continues to explore the tension between presence and absence, loss and remainder, fort and da and the creative, dialectical arc that exists between these pairs in psychic development and the analytic process. It aims to expand the reach of our theory and practice to patients whose difficulties lie at the limits of analyzability, beyond the spectrum of neurotic disturbances for which classical psychoanalysis was originally intended, and to place the reader at the frontiers of contemporary clinical thinking and analytic technique.

    Introduction: Howard B. Levine: Andre Green: A Personal Appreciation I – Remembrances Chapter 1. Rene Roussillon: In Dialogue with André Green Chapter 2. Jean-Claude Rolland: The Place of Andre Green in Contemporary Psychoanalysis. A Personal Remembrance II - The Dead Mother Chapter 3. Howard B. Levine and Anna Migliozzi: Re-Membering The Dead Mother III – Representation Chapter 4. Gail S. Reed and Rachel Boué Widawsky: Green’s Theory of Representation Revisited IV -The Work of the Negative Chapter 5. Fernando Urribarri: The Negative and its Vicissitudes. From the limits of Analyzability to the New Frontiers of Contemporary Analysis Chapter 6. Claudio Laks Eizerik, Lucian Falcão and Zelig Liberman: The death drive and the work of the negative in André Green’s work: metapsychology, clinical practice and culture Chapter 7. Marie France Brunet: Thought and The Work of the Negative V -Clinical Applications Chapter 8. Talya S. Candi and Elias M. da Rocha Barros: The Work of the Negative in Action Chapter 9. Rosine Perelberg: Repetition, Transformations and Après-Coup Chapter 10. Francis Baudry: A universal psychotic core: Some Clinical consequences of Andre Green’s Contributions


    Gail S. Reed is the co-editor of Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning (Karnac, 2013) and On Freud’s Screen Memories (Karnac, 2014). She is also the author of Transference Neurosis and Psychoanalytic Experience: Perspectives on Contemporary Clinical Practice (Yale University Press, 1994). She is the founder and a member of the Group for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Process, a member of and Training Analyst in the Contemporary Freudian Society and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of NPAP. She is also Associate Book Review Editor for Foreign Books of JAPA, n Editorial Board Member of Psychoanalytic Inquiry,a former Editorial Board Member of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and a former member of the Publications Committee of the IPA. She practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in New York City.

    Howard B. Levine is a member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East (PINE), the Contemporary Freudian Society, the Newport (California) Psychoanalytic Institute, the Group for the Study of Psychoanalytic Process and the Boston Group For Psychoanalytic Studies, inc. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the IPA, on the editorial Board of the IJP and Psychoanalytic Inquiry and in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has authored many articles, book chapters, and reviews on psychoanalytic process and technique, intersubjectivity, the treatment of primitive personality disorders, and the consequences and treatment of early trauma and childhood sexual abuse. His most recent co-edited books include: Growth and Turbulence in the Container/Contained (Routledge, 2013); Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning (Karnac 2013); On Freud’s Screen Memories Paper (Karnac 2014); The W.R. Bion Tradition (Karnac 2015); Bion in Brazil. (Karnac 2017); and Engaging Primitive Anxieties of the Emerging Self (Karnac (2017).


    "André Green was one of the most significant psychoanalysts of his time, and this book is a splendid survey of his work. There are personal reminiscences of the remarkable character that Green was, illuminating surveys of his most important concepts, and clinical illustrations discussed in the light of his ideas. Much more than just an introduction to Green’s work, it is in dialogue with his ideas, showing their continuing vitality in the way it carries them forward."-Michael Parsons, British Psychoanalytical Society and French Psychoanalytic Association

    "André Green was a major thinker in the field of psychoanalysis. This book is both an eloquent introduction to his theoretical and clinical thinking and a research into some of his key concepts, the dead mother and the work of the negative among others. A remarkable tribute."-Patrick Miller, IPA training and supervising analyst and co-founder of Societé Psychanalytique de Recherche et de Formation (Paris)