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Psychoanalytic Aesthetics is an in-depth study of the Kleinian school’s longstanding concern with aesthetics, which resulted in rethinking the classical account of the relation between art and madness, creativity and psychoneurosis, primary and secondary processes.
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Aesthetics, Bionian Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalytic Aesthetics rethinks the classical account of the relation between art and madness, creativity and psychoneurosis, and the distinction between the primary and secondary processes. It covers a great deal of ground and reviews many psychoanalytic writers (predominantly of the British tradition) on aesthetics, as well as many of the aestheticians using a psychoanalytic background. More than this, the book is also a work of psychoanalytic scholarship, being a masterly overview of psychoanalytic schools of thought, and an in-depth study of the British object-relations schools. It amply achieves its overriding goal to demonstrate that the work of the British School presents a significant contribution to psychoanalytic aesthetics and criticism, updating Freud, Kris and the classical contributions to the field. It is therefore potentially a very useful source book for future scholars of both psychoanalysis and of aesthetics.
PART I – THE LEGACY OF FREUD
1. Freud’s theory of art and creativity
PART II – KLEIN’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE AESTHETICS OF THE BRITISH SCHOOL
2. Essentials of Kleinian theory
3. The development of Kleinian aesthetics
PART III – DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BRITISH SCHOOL
4. The legacy of Wilfred Bion
5. Ehrenzweig and the hidden order of art
6. Art, creativity, and the potential space
7. Painting as the body: the aesthetics of Fuller and Wollheim
Nicola Glover has a long-standing interest in psychoanalysis, culture, and social issues. She took her MPhil in Psychoanalysis and Art History at the University of Kent, and gained her MSc in Social Work from Southampton University. Nicola emigrated to Australia in 1999 and currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Adelaide, South Australia.
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