Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-3948-7 • Hardback • February 2015 • $78.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4422-3949-4 • eBook • February 2015 • $70.00 • (£54.00)
Giuseppe Civitarese, PhD, is a psychiatrist and training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), both affiliated with the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA).
Chapter 1Towards a (New) Psychoanalytic Criticism
Giuseppe Civitarese, Sara Boffito and Francesco Capello
Chapter 2Aesthetic Conflict and Abjection in Boccaccio’s (L)Isabetta
Chapter 3Changing Styles, Affective Continuities and Psychic Containers: Corrado Govoni’s Early Poetry
Francesco Capello and Giuseppe Civitarese
Chapter 4Do Cyborgs Dream? Post-human Landscapes in Shinya Tsukamoto’s Nightmare Detective
Chapter 5The Dream Screen and the Birth of the Psyche in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona
Chapter 6What’s Going to Happen to Us Without Barbarians? Guilt and Paranoia in Michael Haneke’s Hidden
Chapter 7Joseph Losey’s The Servant, the Shattered Life
Chapter 8The Last Riot and the Déjà Vu Decapitations of the AES+F Group
About the Author
Giuseppe Civitarese has given us another thought provoking and wonderful new book to open our analytic minds to new ways of thinking about what we analysts do. This volume begins with a discussion of the meaning of ‘beheading,’ a topic that could not be more current as the destruction of the mind, and Civitarese beautifully examines how psychoanalytic theory and art criticism are related endeavors that each strengthen and build the mind. This erudite and aesthetically rich book continues Civitarese’s exploration of psychoanalysis and aesthetics that he began in his previous publication, The Violence of Emotions: Bion and Post-Bionian Psychoanalysis. This present volume further establishes Civitarese as a leading creative thinker in contemporary psychoanalysis.
— Lawrence J. Brown, author of Intersubjective Processes and the Unconscious: Freudian, Kleinian and Bionian Perspectives
Focusing here on the unexpected theme of ‘decapitation’ (the real as well as the metaphorical losses of heads and minds), Giuseppe Civitarese’s critical reflections upon such a variety of artistic creations as a Haneke’s movie, a Boccaccio’s short story, or a video installation from the Venice Biennale leave us intellectually stimulated and enriched. Civitarese’s wide-ranging psychoanalytic scholarship on aesthetics, combined with his elegant writing style, will only surprise those readers not yet familiar with the depth and breadth of his contributions to psychoanalysis.
— Andrea Sabbadini, British Psychoanalytical Society
Civitarese's extensive clinical experience and knowledge of Freud, Klein, Meltzer, Kristeva, and especially Bion, is here deployed in analyses of the art object, film, installation, and poetry to illuminate the nature of aesthetic experience and its fundamental place in the space and relationships of the analytic encounter.
— Lesley Caldwell, PhD, University College London