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Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series


About the Series

When music is played in a new key, the melody does not change, but the notes that make up the composition do: change in the context of continuity, continuity that perseveres through change. Psychoanalysis in a New Key publishes books that share the aims psychoanalysts have always had, but that approach them differently. The books in the series are not expected to advance any particular theoretical agenda, although to this date most have been written by analysts from the Interpersonal and Relational orientations.

The most important contribution of a psychoanalytic book is the communication of something that nudges the reader’s grasp of clinical theory and practice in an unexpected direction. Psychoanalysis in a New Key creates a deliberate focus on innovative and unsettling clinical thinking. Because that kind of thinking is encouraged by exploration of the sometimes surprising contributions to psychoanalysis of ideas and findings from other fields, Psychoanalysis in a New Key particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies. Books in the series have married psychoanalysis with dissociation, trauma theory, sociology, and criminology. The series is open to the consideration of studies examining the relationship between psychoanalysis and any other field – for instance, biology, literary and art criticism, philosophy, systems theory, anthropology, and political theory.

But innovation also takes place within the boundaries of psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis in a New Key therefore also presents work that reformulates thought and practice without leaving the precincts of the field. Books in the series focus, for example, on the significance of personal values in psychoanalytic practice, on the complex interrelationship between the analyst’s clinical work and personal life, on the consequences for the clinical situation when patient and analyst are from different cultures, and on the need for psychoanalysts to accept the degree to which they knowingly satisfy their own wishes during treatment hours, often to the patient’s detriment.

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Sex Changes Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis

Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

By Mark J. Blechner
February 20, 2009

The last half-century has seen enormous changes in society’s attitude toward sexuality. In the 1950s, homosexuals in the United States were routinely arrested; today, homosexual activity between consenting adults is legal in every state, with same-sex marriage legal in Massachusetts and ...

The Consulting Room and Beyond Psychoanalytic Work and Its Reverberations in the Analyst's Life

The Consulting Room and Beyond: Psychoanalytic Work and Its Reverberations in the Analyst's Life

1st Edition

By Therese Ragen
September 10, 2008

The Consulting Room and Beyond is not a typical example of clinical writing in the field of psychoanalysis. Therese Ragen, pushing the boundaries of the genre, thoughtfully explores in a very immediate way the intersubjective nature of psychoanalysis, particularly looking at the role of the ...

Partners in Thought Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment

Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment

1st Edition

By Donnel B. Stern
August 21, 2009

Building on the innovative work of Unformulated Experience, Donnel B. Stern continues his exploration of the creation of meaning in clinical psychoanalysis with Partners in Thought. The chapters in this fascinating book are undergirded by the concept that the meanings which arise from ...

Heterosexual Masculinities Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory

Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory

1st Edition

Edited By Bruce Reis, Robert Grossmark
February 17, 2009

In recent years there have been substantial changes in approaches to how genders are made and what functions genders fulfill. Most of the scholarly focus in this area has been in the areas of feminist, gay, and lesbian studies, and heterosexual masculinity - which tended to be defined by lack and ...

Making a Difference in Patients' Lives Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting

Making a Difference in Patients' Lives: Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting

1st Edition

By Sandra Buechler
April 24, 2008

Winner of the 2009 Gradiva Award for Outstanding Psychoanalytic Publication! Within the title of her book, Making a Difference in Patients' Lives, Sandra Buechler echoes the hope of all clinicians.  But, she counters, experience soon convinces most of us that insight, on its own...

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