This book provides a timely exploration and comparison of key concepts in the theories of Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan, two thinkers and clinicians whose influence over the development of psychoanalysis in the wake of Freud has been profound and far-reaching. Whilst the centrality of the unconscious is a strong conviction shared by both Klein and Lacan, there are also many differences between the two schools of thought and the clinical work that is produced in each. The purpose of this collection is to take seriously these similarities and differences. Deeply relevant to both theoretical reflection and clinical work, the New Klein-Lacan Dialogues should make interesting reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, mental health professionals, scholars and all those who wish to know more about these two leading figures in the field of psychoanalysis.The collection centres around key concepts such as: 'symbolic function', the 'ego', the 'object', the 'body', 'trauma', 'autism', 'affect' and 'history and archives'.
Julia Borossa is the director of the Centre for Psychoanalysis, and of the Postgraduate Programmes in Psychoanalysis at Middlesex University. She is the author of 'Hysteria' (2001) and of numerous articles and book chapters on the history, politics and cultures of psychoanalysis; the editor of 'Sandor Ferenczi: Selected Writings' (1999) and (with Ivan Ward) of 'Psychoanalysis, Fascism, Fundamentalism' (2009). Catalina Bronstein MD is a visiting professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London. She is a fellow and training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and as an analyst at the British Psychoanalytical Society. She works as a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in private practice and also at the Brent Adolescent Centre. She is on the Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and until recently she was the London Editor of IJP. She lectures in Britain and abroad, and has written numerous papers, chapters in books and monographs on a wide variety of topics. She edited 'Kleinian Theory: a Contemporary Perspective' (London: Wiley, 2001) . Claire Pajaczkowska leads a group of doctoral researchers investigating the agency of tacit knowledge in the creative process, at the Royal College of Art, London. Her own PhD 'Before Language' (1989 School of Humanities, Middlesex University) was a study of psychoanalysis and materialism. Recent publications include 'Thread of Attachment in Textiles: the Journal of Cloth and Culture' (Berg,2007); with Ivan Ward 'Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture' (Routledge,2008); 'The Sublime Now' (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010); and 'On Humming : Marion Milner's contribution to psychoanalysis'.