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Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis

About the Series

Series Editor: Aner Govrin, Ph.D.

Executive Editor: Yael Peri Herzovich, Ph.D.

Assistant Editor: Itamar Ezer

"Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis" is one of the prominent psychoanalytic publishing ventures of our day. It will comprise dozens of books that will serve as concise introductions dedicated to influential concepts, theories, leading figures, and techniques in psychoanalysis covering every important aspect of psychoanalysis.

The length of each book is fixed at 40,000 words. 

The series' books are designed to be easily accessible to provide informative answers in various areas of psychoanalytic thought. Each book will provide updated ideas on topics relevant to contemporary psychoanalysis – from the unconscious and dreams, projective identification and eating disorders, through neuropsychoanalysis, colonialism, and spiritual-sensitive psychoanalysis. Books will also be dedicated to prominent figures in the field, such as Melanie Klein, Jaque Lacan, Sandor Ferenczi, Otto Kernberg, and Michael Eigen.  

Not serving solely as an introduction for beginners, the purpose of the series is to offer compendiums of information on particular topics within different psychoanalytic schools. We ask authors to review a topic but also address the readers with their own personal views and contribution to the specific chosen field.  Books will make intricate ideas comprehensible without compromising their complexity.

We aim to make contemporary psychoanalysis more accessible to both clinicians and the general educated public. 

Aner Govrin - Editor

23 Series Titles

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Antonino Ferro A Contemporary Introduction

Antonino Ferro: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Robert Snell
March 08, 2024

This book provides a clear, thorough and accessible introduction to the work of Antonino Ferro, and draws on the clinical vignettes that punctuate his writings to show how Ferro has built on Bion’s revolutionary achievements to develop a distinctive, game-changing version of field theory in ...

James F. Masterson A Contemporary Introduction

James F. Masterson: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Loray Daws
February 01, 2024

In this volume, Loray Daws traces the life and work of Dr James F. Masterson, with a focus on the scientific development and later expansion of the six developmental stages of the Masterson Method. Exploring more than 15 of Masterson’s volumes, as well as countless articles, Daws shows how ...

Marion Milner A Contemporary Introduction

Marion Milner: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Alberto Stefana, Alessio Gamba
December 19, 2023

This focused and thorough book by Alberto Stefana and Alessio Gamba delves into Marion Milner’s contribution to psychoanalytic clinical theory and technique. The authors offer an overview of Milner’s work as a psychoanalyst, writer, and gifted painter. They bring to light how each of her clinical ...

Sigmund Freud A Contemporary Introduction

Sigmund Freud: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Susan Sugarman
September 01, 2023

In this clear and concise volume, Susan Sugarman introduces the work of Sigmund Freud and keenly illustrates the impact his pioneering contributions have had on the way we think about ourselves and each other. Part of the Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis series, this book sees...

Jungian Psychoanalysis A Contemporary Introduction

Jungian Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Mark Winborn
August 31, 2023

Jungian Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction provides a concise overview of analytical psychology as developed by Carl Jung. Mark Winborn offers a succinct introduction to the key elements of Jung’s conceptual model and method, as well as an outline of the major transitions, critiques, and...

Guilt A Contemporary Introduction

Guilt: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Donald L. Carveth
July 26, 2023

This insightful and innovative book sheds light on the complexity of the concept of guilt, while exploring aspects of guilt that have previously been overlooked in psychoanalytic theory and discourse. Offering original insights on the topic, Donald Carveth looks at Freud's failure to distinguish ...

Lacanian Psychoanalysis A Contemporary Introduction

Lacanian Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot, Uri Hadar
June 30, 2023

Lacanian Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction sees Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot and Uri Hadar provide an original approach to the elaborate and complex world of Jacques Lacan, one of psychoanalysis’s most innovative thinkers. This succinct introductory volume offers a fresh exposition of Lacanian ...

The Unconscious A Contemporary Introduction

The Unconscious: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Joseph Newirth
June 15, 2023

In The Unconscious: A Contemporary Introduction, Joseph Newirth presents a critical and comparative analysis of the unconscious and its evolution from a positivist to a postmodern frame of reference. This book presents five theories, each of which offers different and important conceptualizations ...

Melanie Klein A Contemporary Introduction

Melanie Klein: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Penelope Garvey
April 28, 2023

This important book provides a concise introduction to Melanie Klein and the key concepts and theories she founded, outlining their application to psychoanalytic technique, and explaining how her ideas have been further developed. As Klein’s ideas have opened the exploration of deeper and more ...

Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality A Contemporary Introduction

Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Leezah Hertzmann, Juliet Newbigin
April 03, 2023

This important book examines the ways in which same sex desire, or "homosexuality" has been theorised by psychoanalysis during its history to date and the impact of that on clinical practice. The authors explore a brief history of the developing social attitudes which influenced the evolution of ...

Spiritually Sensitive Psychoanalysis A Contemporary Introduction

Spiritually Sensitive Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Gideon Lev
March 29, 2023

This book provides an accessible introduction to spiritually sensitive psychoanalysis, an analytic tradition characterized by sensitivity to the spiritual and religious dimensions of human life and oriented towards spiritual growth. Psychoanalysis has historically evinced severe suspicion to all ...

Neuropsychoanalysis A Contemporary Introduction

Neuropsychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Georg Northoff
February 10, 2023

Georg Northoff presents the first introduction to neuropsychoanalysis and the search for a brain-based understanding and explanation of our psyche and its psychodynamic features. This book covers the key features of psychodynamics, including the concepts of self, narcissism, defence mechanisms, ...

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