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Melanie Klein

Her Life and Work

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780826451941
Number Of Pages: 210

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Melanie Klein was probably the most controversial and influential figure that has yet appeared on the British psychoanalytic scene. She left Germany in 1926 and settled in London where she soon quarrelled with Anna Freud. Klein pioneered the psychoanalysis of children and applied her insights on the infantile origins of unconscious drives to adult analysis. Her relationship with her own children was highly troubled. In this critical yet sympathetic book Meira Likierman of the Tavistock clinic assesses the work, life and lasting influence of this brilliant figure.

Industry Reviews

"Klein has been quoted but she has never, until Likierman's book been properly read. This book reveals with patient lucidity just what is fascinating about Klein as a psychoanalytic theorist. It recovers her work, in other words, from the sentimentality and moralism in which her so-called followers have buried her. Likierman's Klein is a Klein for a new generation of readers."-Adam Phillips, author of On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored "A useful corrective. Likierman's volume is an intellectual biography, more balanced than Phyllis Grosskurth's....For the most part chronologically organized, it describes Klein's ideas in an integrated, coherent way, using the intellectual context of Klein's works to elucidate meaning otherwise painstakingly rendered from the originals." Choice, November 2001

'Her writing gave me a shock' Introductionp. 1
'The necessity of noticing the delicate indications of criticism' Ferenczi; Freud and Klein's Encounter with Psychoanalysisp. 14
'How ships get on to the Danube' The Development of a Childp. 24
'Not simply a case of uninhibited gratification' The First Child Patientsp. 44
'Figures wholly divorced from reality' The Departure from Freudp. 65
'And who would doubt this?' Early Object Love, Psychical Defences and Dissociation Processesp. 85
'Loss of the loved object' Ambivalence and Depressive Statesp. 100
'Loss of the loved object' Tragedy and Morality in the Depressive Positionp. 112
'This unreal reality' Klein's Concept of Phantasyp. 136
'A kind of detached hostility' The Paranoid-Schizoid Positionp. 144
'Falling to pieces or splitting itself' Projective Identification, Unintegrated States and Splitting Processesp. 156
'So unattainable' Two Accounts of Envyp. 172
'An unsatisfied longing for an understanding without words' Lonelinessp. 192
Indexp. 198
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ISBN: 9780826451941
ISBN-10: 0826451942
Audience: BAU
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1