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The Destructive Element: British Psychoanalysis and Modernism (Hardcover)

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Freud's account of the sublimated drives at work beneath the surfaces of "advanced" societies, alongside the modernist fictions of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, Woolf and others, both reflected and inaugurated a strain of modernism preoccupied with the darkest elements of the human psyche. In "The Destructive Element" Lyndsey Stonebridge examines the career and legacy of British psychoanalyst Melanie Klein as a lens through which to examine the 20th century's fascination with death drives, the sublimation of civilization's "discontents" and the socialization of children--fascinations that would surface throughout the cultural production of the West. At once cultural history and psychoanalytic theory, and a bold reformulation of the legacies of modernism, "The Destructive Element" is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Western tradition.


Publisher Routledge
Mfg Part# 9780415921602
SKU 203520026
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0415921600
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0210
Publisher Routledge
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