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Melanie Klein in Berlin

Her First Psychoanalyses of Children

By Claudia Frank

Edited by Elizabeth Spillius

Translated by Sophie Leighton, Sue Young

© 2009 – Routledge

504 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In this book Claudia Frank discusses how Melanie Klein began to develop her psychoanalysis of children. Melanie Klein in Berlin: Her First Psychoanalyses of Children offers a detailed comparative analysis of both published and unpublished material from the Melanie Klein Archives.

By using previously unpublished studies, Frank demonstrates how Klein enriched the concept of negative transference and laid the basis for the innovations on both technique and theory that eventually led not only to changes in child analysis, but also to changes in the analysis of adults. Frank also uncovers the influence that this had on Klein's later theories of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, and on her understanding of psychotic anxieties.

The first seven chapters in the book provide an explanation of the essence of Klein's approach to child psychoanalysis covering topics including:

  • the inevitability and usefulness of negative transference
  • development of play
  • early conscious and unconscious phantasies.

Part two provides a translation of Klein's unpublished notes on the treatments of four of the children she analysed in Berlin: 7-year-old Grete, 2-year-old Rita, 7-year-old Inge and 6-year-old Erna.

Melanie Klein in Berlin is the first text to make extensive use of Klein's unpublished papers, clinical notes, diaries and manuscripts. It will appeal to anyone involved in child psychoanalysis and the development of Melanie Klein's thinking.

Reviews

‘This book is the work of a true scholar. And we all have much reason to thank Claudia for making us aware of the results of her meticulous comparison of Klein’s published papers, her unpublished papers and her clinical treatment notes’Elizabeth Spillius, from the Preface

"Highly erudite…an in-depth summary of Klein's theory and technical methods. A thoroughly researched book that will be of greatest use ot Kleinian scholars but also will be of interest to seasoned psychoanalytic practitioners as well as those who teach child analysis in psychoanalytic institutes. I highly recommend Frank's book to this audience." -Christine C. Kieffer in PsycCRITIQUES

"We owe profound gratitude to Frank, who presents us with Klein’s handwritten notes (meticulously translated by Sophie Leighton and Sue Young), along with case material both unpublished and previously published. The material is offered not simply as process notes, but with Frank’s explication and analysis of Klein’s concepts, in historical perspective, of treating children and adolescents analytically. Many of Klein’s theoretical concepts of child analysis are fundamental to our clinical work in contemporary child analysis. … What makes this volume so valuable is the transparent way in which the material is presented, as well as the opportunity it offers to follow the evolution of Klein’s thinking and its historical context. Furthermore, the book emphasizes that Klein’s contributions are essential to child analysis in ways that many contemporary child analysts might not fully appreciate." - Anita G. Schmukler, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Table of Contents

Spillius, Preface. Part I. Introduction. Melanie Klein's Psychoanalytic Clinical Work in Berlin. Grete: One of Melanie Klein's Very First Little Girl Patients in Berlin. Rita: Klein's Youngest Patient. The Beginning of the Play Technique: Inge and, perhaps, Ernst? Erna: The Most Extensive Child Analysis of the Berlin Years. Conclusion. Part II. Notes to this Edition. Treatment Notes on Grete. Treatment Notes on Rita. Treatment Notes on Inge. Treatment Notes on Erna. Bibliography

About the Authors/Editor

Claudia Frank is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Stuttgart. She is a training analyst of the DPV, a constituent society of the International Psychoanalytic Association. Until 2001 she was Chair of Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in the Department for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics of the University in Tübingen. She has published papers on the technique, theory and history of psychoanalysis as well as on applied psychoanalysis. She is co-editor of the Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General