`One of the most interesting theorists in contemporary psychoanalysis, Bollas emphasizes both the creativity of subjectivity itself and the key place of experience in the formation of psychical constructions and fantasy' - Anthony Elliott, Centre for Critical Theory, University of the West of England
This eclectic collection of essays reflects the far-reaching, multi-dimensional influence of Christopher Bollas. Bollas galvanises our understanding of what happens when people encounter the objects - the endlessly variegated content - of external reality. Each of us has our own unique idiom through which we endow objects - a painting, a football, a stranger - with special meaning. Bollas has added depth to our understanding of these relationships with vitality rarely found in psychoanalytic writing. The contributors to this volume offer definitions and illustrations that make Bollas' thought accessible for those approaching his work for the first time and illuminating for those more familiar with his canon. The Vitality of Objects reveals the possibilities for self-expression and growth that figure in the process of object relations and shows how and why thinkers and artists from so many different perspectives are attracted to Bollas' thought.
PART ONE - ESSAYS FROM PSYCHOANALYSIS Lost in Thought - Joel Beck The Receptive Unconscious Idiom, Intuition and Unconcious Intelligence - Arne Jemstedt Thoughts on Some Aspects of the Writings of Christopher Bollas Futures - Adam Phillips Transformational, Conservative and Terminal Objects - Gabriela Mann The Application of Bollas's Concepts to Practice `Love Is Where It Finds You' - James S. Grotstein The Caprices of the `Aleatory Object' PART TWO - ESSAYS FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES Returns of the Repressed - Anthony Molino and Wesley Shumar Some New Applications of Psychoanalysis to Ethnography Of Knowledge and Mothers - Jacqueline Rose On the work of Christopher Bollas The Poetics of Analysis - Joanne Feit Diehl Klein, Bollas and the Theory of the Text `If My Mouth Could Marry a Hurt Like That!' - Michael Szollosy Reading Auto-Mutilation, Auto-Biography in the Work of Christopher Bollas and Sylvia Plath Painting Into a Corner - Greg Drasler Representation as Shelter Cracking Up the Audience - Kate Browne PART THREE - A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHER BOLLAS Christopher Bollas, Interviewed by Anthony Molino Christopher Bollas, Selected Bibliography