“This book is essential for analysts interested in learning more about what is happening in Italy, and also for anybody who wishes to enrich their own conceptual and clinical thinking”
Jay Greenberg, Ph. D. Editor, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Reading Italian Psychoanalysis provides a compehensive guide to the most important Italian psychoanalytic thinking of recent years. It covers the key theoretical developments and clinical advances, with special emphasis on contemporary topics such as transference, trauma and primitive states of mind, where Italian work has been particularly influential.
Borgogno, Luchetti and Coe provide an overvieew of how Italian psychoanalysis has developed, tracing its early influences and highlighting contemporary developments. Forty-eight seminal and representative papers have been chosen to illuminate what is special about Italian Theoretical and clinical thinking, and what is demonstrative of the specificity of its psychoanalytic discourse. The papers are preceded by a first introductory section about the history of psychoanalysis in Italy and followed by a ‘swift glance at Italian psychoanalysis from abroad.’ They are grouped into parts representing the areas particularly explored by Italian psychoanalysis. Each part is accompanied by introductory comments which summarise the main ideas and concepts and also their historical and cultural backgound, so as to offer to the reader an orientation and stimulus for the debate and to indicate their connections both to the other papers and to the international psychoanalytic world.
The book is divided into six parts, including:
1 History of Psychoanalysis in Italy
3 Clinical practice, theory of technique, therapeutic factors
4 The person of the analyst, countertransference and the analytic relationship/field
5 Trauma, psychic pain, mourning and working-through
6 Preverbal, precocious, fusional, primitive states of the mind
This volume offers an excellent and detailed ‘fresco’ of Italian psychoanalytic debate, shining a light on thinking that evolved differently in France, the United Kingdom, North and Latin America. It is ideal for beginners and advanced students of clinical theory as well as experienced psychoanalysts wanting to know more about Italian psychoanalytic theory and technique, and how they have developed.
Franco Borgogno is Professor of Clinical Psychology (Turin University), Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and member of the boards of many international psychoanalytic journals and book series. In 2010 he received the Mary S. Sigourney Award.
Alberto Luchetti is Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the italian Psychoanalytical Society, past Editor of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi, he is Member of the Scientific Board of the Jean Laplanche Foundation’s ‘New Foundations for Psychoanalysis’ of the Institut de France.
Luisa Marino Coe is a member of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and a guest member of the British Psychoanalytic Society. She is former President of the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization (IPSO) and Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Associaton IPSO Relations Committee. She was Editor of the Italian Psychoanalytic Annual.