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Description - The Vale of Soulmaking by Meg Harris Williams

The post-Kleinian model of the mind, as developed by W. R. Bion and Donald Meltzer, is essentially an aesthetic one. It is founded on Melanie Klein's discovery of the "internal object" with its combined masculine and feminine qualities and ambiguous, awe-inspiring nature. Turbulent emotional experiences are repeatedly transformed through symbol-formation, on the basis of the internal relationship between the infant self and its object; and the aesthetic containment provided by this "counter-transference dream" (as Meltzer put it) enables the mind to digest its conflicts and develop.This search for a pattern that can make "contrary" emotions thinkable is modelled by all art forms and accounts for their universal significance. It is a process that can be observed particularly clearly in literature, in the form of the romance between the poet and his Muse (the traditional formulation of the psycho-analytic internal object). This book explores the "counter-transference dreams" of some of the inspired symbol-makers who have been most influential in forming the modern aesthetic perspective in psychoanalytic thinking, including Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Homer and Sophocles. It concludes with a discussion of Bion's autobiographical works, which are the final expression of his own conception of the aesthetic model.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781855753105
ISBN-10: 1855753103
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 147mm x mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Meg Harris Williams

MEG HARRIS WILLIAMS studied English at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She has written books on Milton, Keats, and Emily Bronte, and numerous articles on literature and psychoanalysis. Her books include A Trial of Faith: Hamlet in Analysis (Karnac, 1997); The Chamber of Maiden Thought with Margot Waddell (Routledge, 1991) and Collected Papers of Martha Harris and Esther Bick (Clunie Press, 1987) among others.

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