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Traub-Werner, D. (1991). Melanie Klein Today: Developments in Theory and Practice. Volume 2: Mainly Practice: Edited by Elizabeth Bott Spillius. London and New York: Routledge. 1988. Pp. 317.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 72:734-736.

(1991). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 72:734-736

Melanie Klein Today: Developments in Theory and Practice. Volume 2: Mainly Practice: Edited by Elizabeth Bott Spillius. London and New York: Routledge. 1988. Pp. 317.

Review by:
Daniel Traub-Werner

This two-volume work, of what can be considered modern seminal papers in psychoanalytic thinking from well-known Kleinian authors, is divided into Volume 1: Mainly Theory and Volume 2: Mainly Practice. It is the latter which will be reviewed here.

In the general introduction Elizabeth Bott Spillius sets forth her intent as editor: to discuss papers which illustrate the development of Melanie Klein's concepts and formulations, as put forward by her followers in the past thirty years. The papers reveal a renewed interest among Kleinian scholars in issues of technique with transference, countertransference and projective identification as their main focus.

The volume is divided into four distinct sections: 'Developments in Technique', 'Clinical Papers on Adult Psychoanalysis', 'The Analysis of Children', and 'The Application of Kleinian Ideas in Other Fields of Work'. Each section is introduced by the editor and the papers are reviewed and placed into a general framework within an appropriate clinical, theoretical and historical context.

'Part One: Developments in Technique' consists of six classical papers, the first of which is Bion's 'Notes on memory and desire'. The paper outlines the Kleinian view that psychoanalytic observation should concern itself neither with the past nor with the future; rather, its focus ought to be on the interaction in the here and now.

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