1st Edition

Memories of Loss and Dreams of Perfection
Unsuccessful Childhood Grieving and Adult Creativity

ISBN 9780895033093
Published September 1, 2005 by Routledge
156 Pages

USD $84.95

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Book Description

With "Memories of Loss and Dreams of Perfection", Delmont and Shirley Morrison have made an impressive contribution to psychology and to the appreciation of literature by demonstrating the ways in which a children's imaginative play can help them cope with the tragic early loss of beloved family members and by tracing how such early play processes form the basis for adult creativity. Their book is unique in that it: presents new ideas and expands our understanding of the complex interrelationships among loss, child development and creativity, and presents clinical cases of play therapy and case studies of creative adults to illustrate theory and concepts. The Morrisons incorporate scientific research, clinical case studies, and biographies in a manner that provides a deeper understanding of the fiction of Emily Bronte, J.M. Barrie, Jack Kerouac and Isak Dinesen. Readers will be deeply touched and moved to self-exploration by the humanity and sensitivity of this fine book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Experience as Imagination

 Chapter 1:
 First Ways of Knowing

 Chapter 2:
 Imagination and the Shock of Recognition

 Chapter 3:
 Memories of Loss

 Chapter 4:
 Playing with Magic

 Chapter 5:
 Dreams of Perfection

 Chapter 6:
 Emily Brontë and Her Visitant: Lost Love and Creativity

 Chapter 7:
 J. M. Barrie: A Search for the Eternal Boy of Neverland

 Chapter 8:
 Isak Dinesen: Romantic Ideation and the Quest for Self

 Chapter 9:
 Jack Kerouac: Saints and Fallen Angels

 Chapter 10:
 Final Thoughts: Loss, Love, and Creativity



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