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The Vale of Soulmaking: The post-Kleinian Model of the Mind (Paperback)

Meg Harris Williams

Edité par KARNAC BOOKS, United Kingdom, 2005
ISBN 10: 1855753103 / ISBN 13: 9781855753105
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Titre : The Vale of Soulmaking: The post-Kleinian ...

Éditeur : KARNAC BOOKS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2005

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The post-Kleinian model of the mind, as developed by W. R. Bion and Donald Meltzer, is essentially an aesthetic one. It is founded on Melanie Klein s discovery of the internal object with its combined masculine and feminine qualities and ambiguous, awe-inspiring nature. Turbulent emotional experiences are repeatedly transformed through symbol-formation, on the basis of the internal relationship between the infant self and its object; and the aesthetic containment provided by this counter-transference dream (as Meltzer put it) enables the mind to digest its conflicts and develop.This search for a pattern that can make contrary emotions thinkable is modelled by all art forms and accounts for their universal significance. It is a process that can be observed particularly clearly in literature, in the form of the romance between the poet and his Muse (the traditional formulation of the psycho-analytic internal object). This book explores the counter-transference dreams of some of the inspired symbol-makers who have been most influential in forming the modern aesthetic perspective in psychoanalytic thinking, including Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Homer and Sophocles. It concludes with a discussion of Bion s autobiographical works, which are the final expression of his own conception of the aesthetic model. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9781855753105

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Synopsis : "The Vale of Soul-Making" promises to become the text for post-Kleinian thought.. and the upshot of it all is to establish Mrs Klein as the first ?post-Kleinian?."-- Donald Meltzer

Poets have always seen themselves as inspired by their Muse. In this book this is taken literally, not just metaphorically, to be a faithful description of an internal identification with a teaching object or deity that governs the adventure of writing the poem. The central concern of the book is therefore the relationship of each individual poet with his Muse, as worked out "on the pulses" through the expressive qualities of poetic language. The awesome qualities of the internal Muse were discovered by Melanie Klein in the "combined object", and developed into a theory of knowledge by Wilfred Bion and Donald Meltzer, who have shown how "learning from experience" occurs by repeatedly confronting the aesthetic conflict evoked by the internal object at points of "catastrophic change" in mental evolution.
The impelling nature of the quest for knowledge of the inner world prompted Keats to describe the world as a "vale of soul-making", teeming with opportunities for mental growth under the guidance of internal "mediators". The self-analysis of Keats and other poets by incorporating poetic qualities into their own evolving Muse provides a fascinating model of development through "influence" in a way that illuminates the complexity of identification in psychoanalysis, a process at whose core Meltzer locates the "counter-transference dream".

A propos de l'auteur: Meg Harris Williams studied English at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She has written books on Milton, Keats, and Emily Brontë, and numerous articles on literature and psychoanalysis. Her books include The Chamber of Maiden Thought with Margot Waddell (Routledge, 1991) and Collected Papers of Martha Harris and Esther Bick (Clunie Press, 1987) among others.

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