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Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces : Literary Uses of D. W. Winnicott - Peter L. Rudnytsky

Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces

Literary Uses of D. W. Winnicott

By: Peter L. Rudnytsky (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 21st August 1993
ISBN: 9780231075725
Number Of Pages: 315
For Ages: 22+ years old

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D. W. Winnicott is increasingly recognized as one of the most important psychoanalysts since Freud, but the relevance of his Independent version of object relations theory to psychoanalytic literary criticism has not been sufficiently appreciated. As Peter L. Rudnytsky notes, "There must be ten literary critics conversant with Lacan's ecrits for every one who has read Winnicott's Playing and Reality." Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces begins to redress this imbalance.
The title and subtitle of this collection highlight three of Winnicott's key concepts: transitional objects, potential space, and the use of an object. Because Winnicott is unique in respecting the integrity of art as an autonomous human activity while continuing to insist on its infantile origins, he may be said to offer the first adequate psychoanalytic account of aesthetics.
This volume is organized into three sections: The Analytic Frame, Literary Objects, and Cultural Fields. Beginning with Winnicott's "The Location of Cultural Experience," it features essays by a distinguished group of contributors, including Marion Milner and two current leading members of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, Christopher Bollas and Patrick J. Casement, as well as such eminent critics as Richard Poirier, Murray M. Schwartz, Ellen Handler Spitz, and Madelon Sprengnether.
Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces makes a timely and persuasive case for the power of Winnicott's ideas. In defining for the first time an independent tradition of psychoanalytic criticism, it will reorient future work in literary and cultural studies.

The Analytic Framep. 1
The Location of Cultural Experiencep. 3
The Role of Illusion in Symbol Formationp. 13
The Aesthetic Moment and the Search for Transformationp. 40
Where is Literature?p. 50
Poetry in Psychoanalysis: Hopkins, Rossetti, Winnicottp. 63
Ghost Writing: A Meditation on Literary Criticism as Narrativep. 87
Literary Objectsp. 99
Phantasmagoric Macbethp. 101
Thomas Traherne and the Poetics of Object Relationsp. 135
Wordsworth and Winnicott in the Area of Playp. 161
Lawrence's False Solutionp. 189
Frost, Winnicott, Burkep. 216
Samuel Beckett's Relationship to His Mother-Tonguep. 229
Cultural Fieldsp. 247
Jesus and Object-Use: A Winnicottian Account of the Resurrection Mythp. 249
Picturing the Child's Inner World of Fantasy: On the Dialectic between Image and Wordp. 261
Gender and Voice in Transitional Phenomenap. 278
From the Clinic to the Classroom: D. W. Winnicott, James Britton, and the Revolution in Writing Theoryp. 292
Contributorsp. 307
Indexp. 311
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780231075725
ISBN-10: 0231075723
Series: Studies of the East Asian Institute (Columbia Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: 21st August 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64

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