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The New Library of Psychoanalysis


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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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Reclaiming Unlived Life: Experiences in Psychoanalysis

Reclaiming Unlived Life: Experiences in Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

Thomas Ogden
June 23, 2016

In Reclaiming Unlived Life, influential psychoanalyst Thomas Ogden uses rich clinical examples to illustrate how different types of thinking may promote or impede analytic work. With a unique style of "creative reading," the book builds upon the work of Winnicott and Bion, discussing the...

Psychoanalytic Education at the Crossroads: Reformation, change and the future of psychoanalytic training

Psychoanalytic Education at the Crossroads: Reformation, change and the future of psychoanalytic training

1st Edition

Otto Friedmann Kernberg
March 03, 2016

Training in psychoanalysis is a long and demanding process. However, the quality of education available is hugely variable across the world. The structure of psychoanalytic education, centered on the hierarchical "training analysis" system, reflected a concerted effort to maintain a stable and high...

Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis

Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

Giuseppe Civitarese
March 03, 2016

What is the truth of the unconscious? Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis explores the intersection of these two concepts within a Bionian framework. Giuseppe Civitarese maps out the unconscious in psychoanalysis, and focuses on the differences between the Freudian, Kleinian, Bionian...

The Work of Psychoanalysis: Sexuality, Time and the Psychoanalytic Mind

The Work of Psychoanalysis: Sexuality, Time and the Psychoanalytic Mind

1st Edition

Dana Birksted-Breen
February 11, 2016

Psychoanalysts working in clinical situations are constantly confronted with the struggle between conservative forces and those which enable something new to develop. Continuity and change, stasis and transformation, are the major themes discussed in The Work of Psychoanalysis, and address the...

Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex

Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex

1st Edition

Rosine Jozef Perelberg
November 05, 2015

Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex examines the progressive construction of the notion of paternal function and its central relevance in psychoanalysis. The distinction between the murdered (narcissistic) father and the dead father is seen as providing a paradigm for the...

Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion

Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion

1st Edition

Riccardo Lombardi
July 23, 2015

In contemporary psychoanalysis, a key concept and aim of clinical practice is to distinguish the boundaries of any mental state. Without this boundary-setting, the patient has nothing but the 'formless infinite' of primitive mental states. Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco...

Frances Tustin Today

Frances Tustin Today

1st Edition

Judith L. Mitrani, Theodore Mitrani
February 26, 2015

Frances Tustin Today explores some of the ways and means by which Tustin’s work has enabled psychoanalytic clinicians to enter into the elemental domain of sensation: what Bion called the ‘proto-mental’ area of the psyche-soma. Through detailed clinical contributions of several of her exponents...

Torments of the Soul: Psychoanalytic transformations in dreaming and narration

Torments of the Soul: Psychoanalytic transformations in dreaming and narration

1st Edition

Antonino Ferro
February 19, 2015

In Torments of the Soul, Antonino Ferro revisits and expands on a theme that has long been at the heart of his work: the study of dreams during sleep and in the waking state, and the psychoanalytic narrative. Following Bion, he focuses on the importance of what he sees as the task of contemporary...

Inquiries in Psychoanalysis: Collected papers of Edna O'Shaughnessy

Inquiries in Psychoanalysis: Collected papers of Edna O'Shaughnessy

1st Edition

Edna O'Shaughnessy, Richard Rusbridger
October 09, 2014

The papers of Edna O’Shaughnessy are among the finest to be found in psychoanalytic writing.  Her work is unified not so much by its subject matter, which is diverse, but by her underlying preoccupations, including the nature of psychic reality and subjectivity, and the psychic limits of...

The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America: An essential guide

The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America: An essential guide

1st Edition

Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, Alberto Pieczanski
September 23, 2014

Shortly before and during World War II many European psychoanalysts found refuge in South America, concentrated in Buenos Aires. Here, together with local professionals, they created a strong, creative and productive psychoanalytic movement that in turn gave birth to theoretical and clinical...

Minding the Body: The body in psychoanalysis and beyond

Minding the Body: The body in psychoanalysis and beyond

1st Edition

Alessandra Lemma
August 18, 2014

Minding the Body: The Body in Psychoanalysis and Beyond outlines the value of a psychoanalytic approach to understanding the body and its vicissitudes and for addressing these in the context of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The chapters cover a broad but esoteric range of...

Imaginary Existences: A psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams

Imaginary Existences: A psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams

1st Edition

Ignes Sodre
July 14, 2014

Imaginary Existences: A psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams interweaves scholarly psychoanalytic knowledge and extensive clinical experience with insights derived from close readings of great literature in a uniquely imaginative and creative manner,...

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