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Donald W. Winnicott and the History of the Present: Understanding the Man and his Work
Joyce, Angela (Edt)
Routledge (London: Karnac Books) / Softcover / 2017-12-01 / 1782205594
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November 2015, The Winnicott Trust held a major conference in London to celebrate the forthcoming publication of the Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott. Most of the papers given then now constitute the chapters in this book, reflecting not only the ongoing contemporary relevance of Winnicott's work—both clinical and theoretical—but demonstrating the aliveness of Winnicott's contribution as present day practitioners and academics use his ideas in their own way. The chapters range from accounts of the early developmental processes and relationships (Roussillon, Murray), the psychoanalytic setting (Bolognini, Bonaminio, Fabozzi, Joyce, Hopkins), creativity and the arts (Wright, Robinson), and Winnicott in the outside world (Kahr, Karpf), to the challenge of the psychoanalytic paradigm that Winnicott’s ideas constitute (Loparic).

The phrase “the history of the present” draws on Foucault's radical reconsideration about how to think about history and the present, using a so-called genealogical rather than an archaeological model. Using this genealogical concept in relation to our thinking about Winnicott, his ideas, and where they sit in psychoanalytic theory and psychoanalytical clinical development reflects the breadth and depth of his work. Not only does it refer to his interest in the history of people, children, what happens to them in the very beginning of their lives, and how that is manifested later adulthood, but it refers to the genealogy of his ideas in the psychoanalytical movement. He sits in a particular relationship with Freud and Klein, and we now think of him in terms of a very rich history of psychoanalytic thinking. The ideas of family— the richness and complexity of relationships within a genogram— is a very helpful way of thinking about Winnicott and our relationship with him.

Table of Contents:

About the editor and contributors
Introduction—Angela Joyce

1) Emergence and conception of the subject (self)—René Roussillon
2) In between sameness and otherness: the analyst’s words in interpsychic dialogue—Stefano Bolognini
3) An investigation into the technical reasons Winnicott proposes that the analyst’s objective hate towards the patient has to eventually be made available for interpretation—Vincenzo Bonaminio and Paolo Fabozzi
4) Meeting Winnicott—Juliet Hopkins
5) There’s no such thing as a baby: how relationships support development from birth to two—Lynne Murray
6)The irrepressible song—Kenneth Wright
7) Creativity in everyday life (or, Living in the world creatively)—Ken Robinson
8) Images and words: some contemporary perspectives on the concept of regression—Angela Joyce
9) The public psychoanalyst: Donald Winnicott as broadcaster—Brett Kahr
10) Beyond the consulting room: Winnicott the broadcaster—Anne Karpf
11) Winnicott’s paradigm shift in psychoanalytic theory and practice—Zeljko Loparic


About the Editor:

Angela Joyce is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She trained as a child analyst at the Anna Freud Centre where she has helped to pioneer psychoanalytic work with infants and parents and is currently jointly leading the resurgence of child psychotherapy there. She also is an editor with the Winnicott Trust.

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