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The Dream Discourse Today

1st Edition

By Sara Flanders


248 pages

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The Dream Discourse Today offers an unrivalled synoptic view of key American, British and French papers on dream analysis in clinical practice. The purpose of the book is to show the reader different, well articulated perspectives, place them in historical context, and invite comparative reading. The cumulative effect of both papers and introductions is to leave the reader with an informed sense of the range of perspectives and a confidence in the continued relevance of dream analysis to practice, as some striking convergences in the implications of thinking drawn from very different approaches becomes clear.

The Dream Discourse Today is the first historical and theoretical survey of its subject and the classic nature of the papers it includes will make it a first-class work of reference for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists of all schools, whether in practice or still training. It should be of especial interest to those who teach courses on the theory of technique, since the place of dream analysis is almost certain to be one of the central topics in such courses.


"… I think Flanders' book stands out in its genuine attempt to be inclusive. I would happily use the book as prescribed reading for a series of postgraduate seminars with psychotherapy students. There is also plenty for the practising therapist to dip into and puzzle over." - British Journal of Psychothearapy

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part One: The Psychoanalytic Dream: The Psychoanalytic Process. Dream Psychology and the Evolution of the Psychoanalytic Situation. Part Two: The Dream Controversy: Is it the Royal Road Today? Dreams in Clinical Psychoanalytic Practice. The Exceptional Position of the Dream in Psychoanalytic Practice. Part Three: The Dream-space. The Use and Abuse of Dream in Psychic Experience. The Function of Dreams. Dream as an Object. The Experiencing of the Dream and the Transference. Some Reflections on Analytic Listening and the Dream Screen. The Film of the Dream. Part Four: The Adaptive Ego and the Dream. The Manifest Dream Content and its Significance for the Interpretation of Dreams. A Psychoanalytic-dream Continuum: The Source and Function of Dreams. Dreaming and the Organizing Function of the Ego. Psychoanalytic Phenomenology of the Dream. Name Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health