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Carlo Strenger: The designed self: Psychoanalysis and contemporary identities

Carlo Strenger: The designed self: Psychoanalysis and contemporary identities BOOK REVIEWS 203 She utilizes a contextual – historical analysis in her discussion of Shelly and Bion as she addresses Bion ’ s preoccupations and language style. She writes: “ Bion ’ s clinical drama on the couch can be read as a kind of back-formation that leads by way of Shelly ’ s Prometheus Unbound to a reclamation of the eighteenth-century aesthetic discourse of the Sublime ” (p. 212). This is a rich densely packed scholarly collection of essays that threads together British object relations psychoanalysis as a valid and unique form of discourse. The chapters are sequenced chronologically more or less, but they can also be read out of the larger context of the book as separate essays. What is unique about this book is that it is not a typical applied psychoanalysis. Rather, it is an elaboration of the object relations school in relation to literature, art and its links to the continental threads in psychoanalysis. This book seems most likely of interest to the reader interested in literary criticism, cultural theory and the arts as they are expressed by this particular school of psychoanalysis. Paul C. Cooper , L.P., NCPsy.A. 145 E. 35th St. #5FE http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Carlo Strenger: The designed self: Psychoanalysis and contemporary identities

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 67 (2) – May 10, 2007

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1057/palgrave.ajp.3350018
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BOOK REVIEWS 203 She utilizes a contextual – historical analysis in her discussion of Shelly and Bion as she addresses Bion ’ s preoccupations and language style. She writes: “ Bion ’ s clinical drama on the couch can be read as a kind of back-formation that leads by way of Shelly ’ s Prometheus Unbound to a reclamation of the eighteenth-century aesthetic discourse of the Sublime ” (p. 212). This is a rich densely packed scholarly collection of essays that threads together British object relations psychoanalysis as a valid and unique form of discourse. The chapters are sequenced chronologically more or less, but they can also be read out of the larger context of the book as separate essays. What is unique about this book is that it is not a typical applied psychoanalysis. Rather, it is an elaboration of the object relations school in relation to literature, art and its links to the continental threads in psychoanalysis. This book seems most likely of interest to the reader interested in literary criticism, cultural theory and the arts as they are expressed by this particular school of psychoanalysis. Paul C. Cooper , L.P., NCPsy.A. 145 E. 35th St. #5FE

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The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: May 10, 2007

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