For this volume, the author has brought together a group of distinguished writers to explore a wide range of issues affecting sibling relationships. This exciting collection of papers addresses a long neglected subject in psychoanalytic thinking. Since Sigmund Freud, psychoanalytic attention has focused firmly on the Oedipal triangle and as a consequence sibling relationships have languished in virtual oblivion. In recent years the importance of siblings has started to be investigated but we are still at the beginning of formulating theory on this subject. This book raises fascinating issues for therapists who are forging new forms of thought on the interplay of sibling relationships.Contributors: Leonore Davidoff; R.D. Hinshelwood; Vivienne Lewin; Juliet Mitchell; Elspeth Morley; Estelle Roith; Margaret Rustin; Michael Rustin; Jennifer Silverstone; Harriet Thistlethwaite; and Gary Winship.
Preface -- Introduction -- Culture and Literature -- The sibling relationship and sibling incest in historical context -- Ishmael and Isaac: an enduring conflict -- Orestes and democracy -- The siblings of Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night -- The replacement child as writer -- Clinical Theory -- Sibling trauma: a theoretical consideration -- The idealization of the twin realtionship -- The influence of sibling relationships on couple choice and development -- Siblings