Beckett and Bion: The (Im)Patient Voice in Psychotherapy and Literature

By Ian Miller, Kay Souter

This booklet specializes in Samuel Beckett’s psychoanalytic psychotherapy with W. R. Bion as a primary element either one of Beckett’s and Bion’s radical alterations of literature and psychoanalysis. the new booklet of Beckett’s correspondence throughout the interval of his psychotherapy with Bion offers a foundation for an ingenious reconstruction of this psychotherapy, culminating with Bion’s recognized invitation to his sufferer to dinner and a lecture by way of C. G. Jung. Following from the process this psychotherapy, Miller and Souter hint the advance of Beckett’s radical use of medical psychoanalytic technique in his writing, suggesting the improvement inside of his characters of a literary-analytic operating via of transference to an idealized auditor identified by means of a number of names, it sounds as if in response to Bion. Miller and Souter hyperlink this pursuit to Beckett’s step forward from prose to drama, because the psychology of projective id is reworked to actual enactment. additionally they find Bion’s reminiscence and re-working of his medical touch with Beckett, who figures because the "patient 0" of Bion’s pioneering postmodern psychoanalytic scientific theories.

This interpreting of Beckett and Bion isn't easily interpretive yet a building that has arisen from a really dynamic procedure, jam-packed with speculation and shock. faraway from negating different readings, it provides density to the textured realizing of those marvelous thinkers, every one officially in several traces of labor yet joined via what Bion himself may perhaps name a "reciprocal conception" of psychoanalysis. it's reciprocal simply because Beckett reworked psychoanalytic considering right into a literary style whereas Bion reworked psychoanalytic considering into method figuring out. each one applied a similar item, yet with varied attentions to diverse ends. The constitution of the e-book is split into elements. half I starts off with a biographical advent of Beckett and incorporates a dialogue of Beckett’s early metapsychological monograph, "Proust". It offers Beckett’s years in psychotherapy, among 1934 and 193, and addresses the institutional contexts within which this psychotherapy came about, and likewise discusses of Wilfred Bion’s heritage and historical past. half II addresses Beckett’s radical use of unfastened organization as a literary shape and examines Beckett’s Novellas, the Trilogy, and his inventive transition from prose to drama. It concludes with an exploration of Bion’s theoretical use of his paintings with Beckett.

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