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Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis

About the Series

Editor: Aner Govrin, Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TAICP)

Associate Editor: Tair Caspi, Bar-Ilan University

Assistant Editor: Yael Peri-Herzovich

The Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis 

Books in the Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis series will serve as concise introductions dedicated to the most useful and influential concepts, theories, leading figures and techniques in psychoanalysis. 

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

Not serving solely as an introduction for beginners, the purpose of the series is to offer compendiums of information in particular topics within different psychoanalytic schools. The series' books will be designed to be easily consulted and to provide informative answers in defined areas of psychoanalytic thought. Each book will provide contemporary and updated ideas on a topic relevant to contemporary psychoanalysis – from the unconscious to intersubjectivity, enactment and neuropsychoanalysis.

Books will also be dedicated to prominent figures in the field, from Sandor Ferenczi, through Heinz Kohut and Otto Kernberg, to Steven Mitchell and Michael Eigen. We ask authors not merely to review a topic but also to 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.

10 Series Titles

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W. R. Bion’s Theories of Mind A Contemporary Introduction

W. R. Bion’s Theories of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Annie Reiner
November 15, 2022

Annie Reiner’s introduction to Wilfred Bion’s theories of mind presents Bion’s intricate ideas in an accessible, original way without compromising their complexity. Reiner uses comparisons to painting, literature and philosophy, and detailed clinical examples, to provide an experience of Bion’s ...

Psychoanalysis and Colonialism A Contemporary Introduction

Psychoanalysis and Colonialism: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Sally Swartz
September 23, 2022

Within this important and insightful book, Sally Swartz introduces readers to early entanglements of psychoanalytic theory with colonialism, and how it has led to significant and long-lasting implications for psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis and Colonialism is unique in drawing together a wide array ...

Psychoanalytic Field Theory A Contemporary Introduction

Psychoanalytic Field Theory: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Giuseppe Civitarese
September 19, 2022

Written by one of the world’s renowned Bionian Field Theory scholars, this foundational volume provides a thorough introduction to all facets of psychoanalytic field theory, one of the most lively and original currents of thought in contemporary psychoanalysis, to offer new answers to age-old ...

Eating Disorders A Contemporary Introduction

Eating Disorders: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Tom Wooldridge
August 19, 2022

This book presents an accessible introduction to the conceptualization and treatment of eating disorders from a psychoanalytic perspective. Each of the chapters offers a different perspective on these difficult-to-treat conditions and taken together, illustrate the breadth and depth that ...

Michael Eigen A Contemporary Introduction

Michael Eigen: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition


By Loray Daws
August 19, 2022

This insightful book critically reviews and presents an accessible introduction to the life and work of one of the most celebrated modern psychoanalysts, Michael Eigen. With work spanning over five decades, countless articles, and thirty published book volumes, Daws explores Eigen’s main works ...

Christopher Bollas A Contemporary Introduction

Christopher Bollas: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Steven Jaron
April 12, 2022

This book provides a clear and accessible overview of the seminal clinical thinking of Christopher Bollas.  Placing Bollas’s writings besides those of analysts including Milner, Bion, Winnicott, Lacan, and Green, Steven Jaron examines the central concept of the unthought known in terms of ...

Sándor Ferenczi A Contemporary Introduction

Sándor Ferenczi: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Alberto Fergusson, Miguel Gutiérrez-Peláez
February 11, 2022

This book aims to present an up-to-date introduction and critical study of one of the most important psychoanalysts of all times, Sándor Ferenczi. The book presents Ferenczi as a person; his discovery of psychoanalysis and his relationship with Freud; the theoretical and clinical novelties he ...

Transgender Identities A Contemporary Introduction

Transgender Identities: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Alessandra Lemma
December 29, 2021

This important new book by Alessandra Lemma provides a succinct overview of psychoanalytic understandings, approaches and controversies around transgender identifications. Illustrated with case vignettes, Lemma provides an up-to-date synthesis of current research and a critical overview of ...

Projective Identification A Contemporary Introduction

Projective Identification: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Robert Waska
December 13, 2021

This clear and thoughtful book by Robert Waska provides an accessible introduction to Projective Identification and the role it plays in internal and external life. Waska explores how Projective Identification is the foundation for much of psychic life, driving internal phantasy, influencing ...

Donald Meltzer A Contemporary Introduction

Donald Meltzer: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

By Meg Harris Williams
November 19, 2021

In this intelligent and insightful work, Meg Harris Williams presents a clear and readable introduction to the works of influential psychoanalyst Donald Meltzer. The book covers Meltzer’s ideas on key themes including sexuality, dreams, psychosis, perversion and aesthetics, and his work with both ...

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