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Collins, B. (2013). Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art. By Danielle Knafo. New York/Hove, UK: Routledge, 2012. 243 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 82(3):771-779.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82(3):771-779

Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art. By Danielle Knafo. New York/Hove, UK: Routledge, 2012. 243 pp.

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Bradley Collins

In an era when psychoanalysis is under siege on nearly every front, Danielle Knafo is remarkably sanguine about the analyst's role in such controversial pursuits as the treatment of psychotic patients, the healing of trauma, and the understanding of art and artists. In her Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art, she boldly equates analysis with art making and sees both as an opportunity for Ernst Kris's “regression in the service of the ego” and mastery of traumatic experience. She supports these claims not only by drawing on her extensive clinical experience, but also by ranging widely over cultural territory that includes fiction, painting, earthworks, installation art, and film.

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1 Kris, E. (1936). The psychology of caricature. Int. J. Psychoanal., 17:285-303, p. 290.

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