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Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein
Edited with Critical Review by John Steiner

ISBN 9781138940109
Published January 6, 2017 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein is based on a series of six lectures given by Melanie Klein to students at the British Psychoanalytical Society in 1936 and repeated several times in subsequent years. They were discovered in the Melanie Klein Archives housed in the Wellcome Medical Library and have been previously described by Elizabeth Spillius but never before published. In this book, John Steiner explores what characterises Kleinian Technique, how her technique changed over the years, what she saw as the correct psychoanalytical attitude and how psychoanalytic technique has changed since Klein’s death.

Melanie Klein, who moved to England from Berlin in 1927, became one of the leading psychoanalysts, following Freud and making an important contribution in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. A pioneer in child analysis, her work remains widely influential throughout the world. This book consists of the full text of the original six lectures, accompanied by a critical analysis from John Steiner who is known internationally as a leading Kleinian analyst and writer. Steiner demonstrates the importance of the lectures in understanding Klein’s work and their continued relevance for contemporary psychoanalysis. In addition, also published for the first time, this book includes annotated transcripts of a preserved recording of a seminar Klein held in 1958 with young analysts of the British Psychoanalytical Society. In this seminar, close to the end of her life, many of the points made in the earlier lectures were elaborated upon and brought further up to date in light of developments in Klein’s thinking during the intervening years.

Featuring rare, previously unpublished material, Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein provides a new and significant contribution to understanding of the Kleinian paradigm. It will be essential reading for all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists interested in and influenced by Klein’s work and legacy.

Table of Contents

Preface by Michael Feldman

Part 1: Introduction, Outline, and Critical Review of Klein’s Lectures and Seminars on Technique

Part 2: The Lectures on Technique, 1936


Lecture 1: Guiding Principles

Lecture 2: Aspects of the Transference Situation.

Lecture 3: Transference and Interpretation

Lecture 4: Clinical Illustration of Transference and Interpretation.

Lecture 5: Experiences and Phantasy

Lecture 6: The Analysis of Grievances.

Part 3: The Seminars on Technique, 1958


A: List of Patients

B: Lecture 5 verbatim from the Archive

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John Steiner is a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society who is retired from his analytic practice but continues to supervise candidates, to conduct seminars and to write. He is the author of several psychoanalytic papers and two books: Psychic Retreats (1993) and Seeing and Being Seen (2011), both by Routledge. He has also edited and written introductions to The Oedipus Complex Today (1989), to Hanna Segal’s Psychoanalysis, Literature and War (1997) and to Rosenfeld in Retrospect (2008).


"Alive with clinical material, always illuminating and often surprising, this landmark collection of Melanie Klein’s previously unpublished technical writings provides a unique glimpse into the groundbreaking but always nuanced vision of a theorist whose ideas continue to shape today’s psychoanalytic conversations. Klein’s early lectures and a later series of seminars on technique show her grappling, creatively and compassionately, with the challenge of using her often startling insights to help suffering patients. The book is essential reading not only for those who are interested in the evolution of Klein’s thinking, but for anybody engaged in thinking about psychoanalytic theory and practice."-Jay Greenberg, Ph.D., Editor, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.