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(1967). The Psychoanalytical Study of the Child. Vol. XXI. New York: International Universities Press Inc. 1966, 635 pp.. Am. Imago, 24(4):379-379.

(1967). American Imago, 24(4):379-379

The Psychoanalytical Study of the Child. Vol. XXI. New York: International Universities Press Inc. 1966, 635 pp.

Two of the essays in this volume are relevant to applied psychoanalysis.

In “The Origin of the Turn of the Screw,” M. Katan raises the important question of the relation between analytic biography and therapeutic analysis. He points out that in the former, we have one advantage: “the patient” (the text of the book) is always available and we can return to examine the data over and over again.

Katan argues that “The Turn of the Screw” is based on Henry James' childhood experiences (his “romance of life”), hence is auto-biographical, and that James attempted to expose his readers to his own frightening experiences in childhood. Hence, the novel is an excellent example of James' self-analysis. More precisely, story “here and auto-biography supplement each other.”

Lily E. Peller's essay on “Freud's Contribution to Language Theory “presents a clear summary of Freud's scattered comments on the function (not origin) of language (from 1891 to 1940), including his views in the 1915 paper on “The Unconscious.” She points out that while in 1915, Freud had declared that verbal signs were indispensable to thinking on the secondary level, in 1940 Freud stated that this was not necessarily so. Miss Peller concludes that Freud's views on language are very much relevant to modern linguistics. She sees language as the main tool in the construction of a symbolically organized universe.

H.S.

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