A Volume (41) in the series The New Library of Psychoanalysis Published in Association with the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, London
Published in English for the first time, this is a seminal work by an original and creative analytical thinker.
Piera Aulagnier's The Violence of Interpretation bridges the work of Winnicott and Lacan, putting forward a theory of psychosis based on children's early experiences. The author's analysis of the relationship between the mother's verbal communication and the organization of the psychic experience of the infant, and of the earliest stage of development of unconscious fantasy starting from the "pictogram," have fundamental implications for the psychoanalytic theory of development.
Containing detailed discussion of clinical material, and written in the author's precise yet provocative style, The Violence of Interpretation is a welcome addition to the New Library of Psychoanalysis series.
-from the publisher's website
Piera Aulagnier, a Greek psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who died in 1990, was in analysis with Jacques Lacan but later moved away from the Lacan school. She became well-known in France for her clinical work with psychotic patients and was interested in the way that these patients used language to express pre-verbal states of mind. Her work has been seen as an attempt to bring Lacanian thinking, and more generally French, psychoanalytic thinking, nearer to the more clinically-based British tradition. This book is the first one chosen for translation into English by the IPA Committee on Translations as an important work which deserves a wider international audience. -- from the BPS site