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New Library of Psychoanalysis


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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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Impasse and Interpretation Therapeutic and Anti-Therapeutic Factors in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychotic, Borderline, and Neurotic Patients

Impasse and Interpretation: Therapeutic and Anti-Therapeutic Factors in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychotic, Borderline, and Neurotic Patients

1st Edition

By Herbert Rosenfeld
May 15, 1987

Herbert Rosenfeld makes a powerful case both for the intelligibility of psychotic symptoms and the potential benefits of their treatment by psychoanalytic means.  ...

Dream, Phantasy and Art

Dream, Phantasy and Art

1st Edition

By Hanna Segal
November 20, 1990

Hanna Segal's work, especially on symbolism, aesthetics, dreams, and the exploration of psychotic thinking, has established her as an outstanding figure in psychoanalysis, particularly in psychoanalysis of the Kleinian tradition. In Dream, Phantasy and Art she reworks her ideas on these topics and ...

The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45

The Freud-Klein Controversies 1941-45

1st Edition

Edited By Pearl King, Riccardo Steiner
September 16, 1992

Following Freud's death in 1939, the radical theories of Melanie Klein were the subject of prolonged controversy and fierce debate within the British Psychoanalytical Society. At the time, individuals fought passionately in support of their positions. In the midst of, or as a result of, the ...

Murdered Father, Dead Father Revisiting the Oedipus Complex

Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex

1st Edition

By Rosine Jozef Perelberg
November 04, 2015

Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex examines the progressive construction of the notion of paternal function and its central relevance in psychoanalysis. The distinction between the murdered (narcissistic) father and the dead father is seen as providing a paradigm for the...

From Fetus to Child An Observational and Psychoanalytic Study

From Fetus to Child: An Observational and Psychoanalytic Study

1st Edition

By Alessandra Piontelli
July 21, 1992

The use of ultrasonic scans in pregnancy makes it possible to observe the fetus undisturbed in the womb. Dr Alessandra Piontelli has done what no one has done before: she observed eleven fetuses (three singletons and four sets of twins) in the womb using ultrasound scans, and then observed their ...

Formless Infinity Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion

Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion

1st Edition

By Riccardo Lombardi
July 20, 2015

In contemporary psychoanalysis, a key concept and aim of clinical practice is to distinguish the boundaries of any mental state. Without this boundary-setting, the patient has nothing but the 'formless infinite' of primitive mental states. Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco ...

Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1: Mainly Theory Developments in Theory and Practice

Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1: Mainly Theory: Developments in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Elizabeth Bott Spillius
September 07, 1988

Melanie Klein Today, Volume 1 is the first of two volumes of collected essays devoted to developments in psychoanalysis based on the work of Melanie Klein. The papers are arranged into four groups: the analysis of psychotic patients, projective identification, on thinking, and pathalogical ...

Melanie Klein Today, Volume 2: Mainly Practice Developments in Theory and Practice

Melanie Klein Today, Volume 2: Mainly Practice: Developments in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Elizabeth Bott Spillius
January 11, 1989

Although both Kleinian psychoanalysts and their critics take it for granted that there is a therapeutic technique distinctive to the Kleinian approach, comparatively little has been written about what it is. In Melanie Klein Today, Volume 2, Elizabeth Bott Spillius brings together classic and new ...

Torments of the Soul Psychoanalytic transformations in dreaming and narration

Torments of the Soul: Psychoanalytic transformations in dreaming and narration

1st Edition

By Antonino Ferro
February 25, 2015

In Torments of the Soul, Antonino Ferro revisits and expands on a theme that has long been at the heart of his work: the study of dreams during sleep and in the waking state, and the psychoanalytic narrative. Following Bion, he focuses on the importance of what he sees as the task of contemporary ...

Frances Tustin Today

Frances Tustin Today

1st Edition

Edited By Judith L. Mitrani, Theodore Mitrani
March 05, 2015

Frances Tustin Today explores some of the ways and means by which Tustin’s work has enabled psychoanalytic clinicians to enter into the elemental domain of sensation: what Bion called the ‘proto-mental’ area of the psyche-soma. Through detailed clinical contributions of several of her exponents ...

The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America An essential guide

The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America: An essential guide

1st Edition

Edited By Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, Alberto Pieczanski
October 14, 2014

Shortly before and during World War II many European psychoanalysts found refuge in South America, concentrated in Buenos Aires. Here, together with local professionals, they created a strong, creative and productive psychoanalytic movement that in turn gave birth to theoretical and clinical ...

Inquiries in Psychoanalysis: Collected papers of Edna O'Shaughnessy

Inquiries in Psychoanalysis: Collected papers of Edna O'Shaughnessy

1st Edition

By Edna O'Shaughnessy, Richard Rusbridger
October 13, 2014

The papers of Edna O’Shaughnessy are among the finest to be found in psychoanalytic writing.  Her work is unified not so much by its subject matter, which is diverse, but by her underlying preoccupations, including the nature of psychic reality and subjectivity, and the psychic limits of ...

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