Beckett and Bion: The (Im)patient voice in psychotherapy and literature

Miller, Ian and Souter, Kay 2013, Beckett and Bion: The (Im)patient voice in psychotherapy and literature, Karnac Books, London, Eng..

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Title Beckett and Bion: The (Im)patient voice in psychotherapy and literature
Author(s) Miller, Ian
Souter, Kay
Publication date 2013
Total pages 256
Publisher Karnac Books
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Summary This book focuses on Samuel Beckett’s psychoanalytic psychotherapy with W. R. Bion as a central aspect both of Beckett’s and Bion’s radical transformations of literature and psychoanalysis. The recent publication of Beckett’s correspondence during the period of his psychotherapy with Bion provides a starting place for an imaginative reconstruction of this psychotherapy, culminating with Bion’s famous invitation to his patient to dinner and a lecture by C.G. Jung. Following from the course of this psychotherapy, Miller and Souter trace the development of Beckett’s radical use of clinical psychoanalytic method in his writing, suggesting the development within his characters of a literary-analytic working through of transference to an idealized auditor known by various names, apparently based on Bion. Miller and Souter link this pursuit to Beckett’s breakthrough from prose to drama, as the psychology of projective identification is transformed to physical enactment. They also locate Bion’s memory and re-working of his clinical contact with Beckett, who figures as the 'patient zero' of Bion’s pioneering postmodern psychoanalytic clinical theories.
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Kay Souter is a literary critic and educator, and has taught English literature at universities in Australia for over thirty years. For the last seven years, she has worked as Associate Dean Academic at La Trobe University, and has recently moved into institutional learning development. In the 1980s she decided to learn more about psychoanalysis and was introduced to the work of W.R. Bion, whose work not only resonated for her but also allowed her to explain Samuel Beckett to the drama students she was working with at the time. She has published widely on psychoanalysis and representations of the family, and her work on Bion has allowed her to work on learning space development of recent years
ISBN 9781780491479
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
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