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The Fabric of Affect in the Psychoanalytic Discourse

1st Edition

By Andre Green


400 pages

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The Fabric of Affect in the Psychoanalytic Discourse is a seminal work on one of the most neglected topics in psychoanalysis, that of affect. Originally published in French as Le Discours Vivant, and by one of the most distinguished living analysts, the book is structured in three parts:

  • Affect within psychoanalytic literature
  • Clinical practice of psychoanalysis: structure and process
  • Theoretical study: affect, language and discourse; negative hallucination

Written in a clear, lucid style, connecting theory to both culture and clinical practice, this book will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, and also to those involved in cultural studies.


"This book is a testament to André Green's passionate search for the truth in Freud's unanswered questions about affect." - Henri F. Smith, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 82 (3), 2001

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Affect in the Psychoanalytic Literature. Affect in Freud's Work. An Overall View of the Psychoanalytic Literature Since Freud. Part II: Clinical Practice in Psychoanalysis: Structures and Processes. Affect in Clinical Structures. Affect, the Psychoanalytic Process and the Oedipus Complex. Part III: Theoretical Study: Affect, Language and Discourse: Negative Hallucination. Affect and the Two Topographical Models. Draft for a Theoretical Model: The Process. Conclusion.

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