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Freud's Art - Psychoanalysis Retold

ISBN 9780415415682
Published June 4, 2007 by Routledge
224 Pages 15 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Freud's Art begins with major founders of psychoanalysis - Freud, Jung, Spielrein and Klein. It then details art-minded developments of their ideas by Adrian Stokes, Jacques Lacan, Marion Milner, Anton Ehrenzweig, Donald Winnicott, and Wilfred Bion 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 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Freud. Jung. Spielrein. Klein. Stokes. Lacan. Milner. Ehrenzweig. Winnicott. Bion. Laplanche. Kristeva. Conclusion.

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Janet Sayers (née Toulson)  teaches psychoanalysis at Kent University, Canterbury, and also works as a psychotherapist, both privately and for the NHS.


"This book is a lively, engaging, original account of several themes in the relationship between psychoanalytic technique, and the theory of art." - Susan Budd, Member, The British Psychoanalytical Society

"Many psychotherapists dabble in one or other of the arts, but few of us show the command of two disciplines that Sayers displays in this rich and thoughtful book. Highly recommended." - Brendan McMahon, Mental Health Today, December 2007

"In Freud's Art: Psychoanalysis Retold, Janet Sayers has produced a highly readable and fascinating book which contributes to an historical understanding of Art Therapy by demonstrating that creativity, imagination and the visual arts have played a complementary role to that of verbal language within the development of psychoanalysis." - Jamie Bird, BAAT: Newsbriefing, Spring 2009