1st Edition

Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited A New Look at José Bleger’s Classic Work

Edited By Carlos Moguillansky, Howard B. Levine Copyright 2022
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited provides an in-depth discussion of José Bleger’s work, broadening current knowledge and focusing on his significant contribution to psychoanalytic thinking. This work should prove especially relevant in considering the implications of changes in the treatment setting forced by the Covid pandemic.

    This edited collection proposes a current debate on José Bleger's ideas on the psychoanalytic setting. The contributors here provide a broad overview of current discussions about the analytic setting, its clinical expressions and its technical management, engaging and transforming the concept of "encuadre" (frame). The book covers topics including early experiences, the psychoanalytic setting, symbiosis and applications in a pandemic. A common thread, Bleger's brilliant intuition, runs through the book, and the tense relationship between the frame and the figure maintains its dynamics throughout.

    Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Frame Revisited will be of great interest to psychoanalysts in practice and in training, as well as anyone seeking to understand the work of José Bleger.

    Series Editor’s Foreword

    Gabriela Legorreta

    Psycho-analysis of the psycho-analytic frame

    José Bleger


    Carlos Moguillansky

    Chapter 1. What is the setting after all?

    Leopoldo Bleger

    Chapter 2. The psychoanalytic setting, embodiment and presence: Exploring José Bleger’s concept of encuadre

    John Churcher

    Chapter 3. Psychic equivalency as an aspect of symbiosis

    Judy K. Eekhoff

    Chapter 4. On the psychoanalytic frame and ambiguity as axes for the study of Bleger's works

    Jose E. Fischbein and Susana Vinocur Fischbein

    Chapter 5. On Bleger’s view of the psychoanalytic frame: A critical approach 

    B. Miguel Leivi

    Chapter 6. Of things that are not visible: José Bleger: A clinician for our times? 

    Howard B. Levine

    Chapter 7. Thirst for infinity and the analytic frame: Reflections on Bleger and Matte-Blanco

    Riccardo Lombardi

    Chapter 8. Understanding early experiences: Bleger's contribution to the undifferentiation of early stages

    Bernd Nissen

    Chapter 9. Revisiting José Bleger's ideas in times of pandemia

    Alberto Pieczanski


    Carlos Moguillansky is MD, Master in culture, Training Analyst, Former Scientific Secretary and President of APDEBA. He is a former member of the board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and a current member of the IPA Publications Committee. He has also authored papers and books in Spanish, many of them are translated into English, Armenian, Russian, Portuguese and French.

    Howard B. Levine is a member of APSA, PINE, the Contemporary Freudian Society, NYU Post-Doc’s Contemporary Freudian Track, and in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. He is the author of Affect, Representation and Language: Between the Silence and the Cry (Routledge 2022) and Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge W.R. Bion Studies Book Series.

    "The work of José Bleger, articulating with masterly clinical grasp sources going from Pichon-Rivière to Melanie Klein, and from Margaret Mahler to French philosophy, has steadily gained recognition since his early death. The distinguished authors of this volume generously attest to its present relevance." - Jorge L. Ahumada, Member of APA -Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, Training analyst and Former member of the board of Int. J. of Psych.

    "With great expertise, Bleger investigated the relationship between the subject and institutions, showing how the family, group and social belonging were organizing factors in the personality. He discovered the importance of the psychoanalytic frame, whose apparent normality may conceal primary links which never achieved representability. His ideas greatly influenced Latin American psychoanalysis." - Jorge Luis Maldonado, member of APDEBA - Psychoanalytical Association of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Training Analyst and Former Vice president of APDEBA.

    "Editors and authors of different generations and perspectives craft an illuminating context to meet José Bleger (1923-1972), whose thinking marked a turning point in the conception of the frame in psychoanalysis. Who could resist the temptation to read his seminal essay framed by such creative questions? A reference book." - Haydee Faimberg MD (IPA) Training and Supervising Analyst SPP (France) and APA (Argentina) and International Distinguished Fellow (British Society); author, The Telescoping of Generations: Listening to the Narcissistic Links Between Generations (Routledge)