Many of the themes which were elaborated in Hanna Segal's earlier work return in this volume of her most recent papers. Two act as connecting strands and give the book its unity: the clinical usefulness of the concept of the death instinct and the relationship between fantasy and reality.
A past mistress at capturing the vitality of the clinical session on the page, Segal shows how the same conflicts between life and death instincts, fantasy and reality, are experienced in the consulting room, reflected in literature, and played out by nations in their attitudes to war.
Edited by John Steiner, this collection of writings by a leading psychoanalytic thinker provides a rich source of clinical insights and challenging theory for all analysts practising today.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Steiner, Introduction. Part One: Clinical Psychoanalysis. On the Clinical Usefulness of the Concept of Death Instinct. Phantasy and Reality. On Symbolism. A Delusional System as a Defence Against the Re-emergence of a Catastrophic Situation. Early Infantile Development as Reflected in the Psychoanalytical Process: Steps in Integration. Some Clinical Implications of Melanie Klein's Work: Emergence from Narcissism. Paranoid Anxiety and Paranoia. Termination: Sweating it Out. The Uses and Abuses of Counter-transference. Part Two: Literature and Politics. Joseph Conrad and the Mid-life Crisis. Salman Rushdie and the Sea of Stories: A Not So Simple Fable About Creativity. Silence is the Real Crime. From Hiroshima to the Gulf War and After: Socio-political Expressions of Ambivalence. References. Name Index. Subject Index.