Concerning the Rites of Psychoanalysis

Concerning the Rites of Psychoanalysis : Or the Villa of the Mysteries

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This is the first book that looks at Lacanian psychoanalysis in the context of the clinic. Benvenuto draws on her twelve years of clinical practice to develop a novel perspective on the work of Lacan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745615309
  • 9780745615301
  • 1,872,294

Table of contents


A Note on the Ancient Mysteries.

Part I: .

1. A Discourse on Love.

2. What is the Psychoanalyst Supposed to Know?.

3. The Passion of Childhood Interlude: Madness in Philosophy, or Derrida's Love of Lacan.

Part II: .

4. Hysteria: Comedy. Dell'arte. .

5. Compliance and Disagreement.

6. The Paradoxes of the Earthly Woman.

Part III: .

7. A Myth in Development: The Case of Little Hans.

8. Winnicott's "Piggle".

9. Klein's Narrative. .

Part IV: .

10. To Die of Shame.

Time to Conclude.



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Review quote

'This book unusually combines the theoretical and the clinical in a poetic style. Since the author's subjects are myth and psychoanalysis, such an approach is an effective one. I am much taken by the originality of her use of myth in relation to psychoanalysis and the freshness of her detailed discussions: I think her particular achievement is to have made the clinical poetic.' Elizabeth Wright, University of Cambridge
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About Bice Benvenuto

Bice Benvenuto is the author of several previous books including
The Works of Jacques Lacan: An Introduction (co-authored with Roger Kennedy, Free Association Books, 1986). The author is a member of the Ecole Europeenne de Psychanalyse (Paris) and has been practising and teaching psychoanalysis in London for the last 12 years.
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