Mirror to Nature
Drama, Psychoanalysis and Society
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Mirror to Nature by Margaret Rustin
Book DescriptionThis book brings the insights of psychoanalysis to bear on drama in the western dramatic tradition. Plays which are discussed in detail include works by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Wilde, and Beckett among others. The authors seek to show that the subtle understanding of conscious and unconscious emotions achieved by psychoanalytic practice can bring new ways of understanding classic works of drama.The argument of the book, set out in its introduction and exemplified in its discussion of individual dramatists and plays, is that western drama has represented the central tensions of societies as crises in the relationships of gender and generation, through dramatic explorations of the inner life of families. This is the common theme which links the book's analysis of Medea, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream amongst others. The value of this book lies in the originality of its analysis of individual plays, and the subtlety with which it brings psychoanalytic and sociological insights together.Mirror to Nature should be of particular relevance to those interested in the theatre, whether as theatregoers, performers or students, in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, and in literature. Like the Rustins' earlier work on children's fiction, (Narratives of Love and Loss: Studies in Modern Children's Fiction) this volume on theatre shows a lucid and accessible way how psychoanalytic thinking can illuminate emotional experience in everyday life.Part of the Tavistock Clinic Series.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855752986
(230mm x 147mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret Rustin
Enabling and Inspiring, Paperback (August 2012)
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Work Discussion, Paperback (October 2008)
Brings together a combination of close observation of, and personal and interpersonal responses to, the minutiae of the work setting and its dynamics, both internal and external. This book outlines the process of the method itself, followed by descriptions of a range of settings, in Britain and abroad, in which it has been successfully applied.
Narratives of Love and Loss, Paperback (January 2001)» View all books by Margaret Rustin
An important and perceptive contribution to the study of children's literature, this welcome reissue includes a new postscript exploring in detail the phenomenal success of J.K.Rowling's series of Harry Potter stories.
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Author Biography - Margaret Rustin
Margaret Rustin is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, where she has been Head of Child Psychotherapy since 1986. She has pioneered and supported the extension of training in psychoanalytic observational approaches to training across the United Kingdom and in a number of other countries. She has coauthored, with Michael Rustin, 'Narratives of Love and Loss' and 'Mirror to Nature', and has co-edited 'Closely Observed Infants', as well as 'Psychotic States in Children' and 'Assessment in Psychotherapy'. Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has written widely on psychoanalytic approaches to culture and society, including on children's fiction ('Narratives of Love and Loss') and drama ('Mirror to Nature') both with Margaret Rustin. He is also author of 'The Good Society and the Inner World', and is a co-author/editor of the current 'After NeoLiberalism: the Kilburn Manifesto'.
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