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Luepnitz, D.A. (2017). The Name of the Piggle: Reconsidering Winnicott's Classic Case in Light of Some Conversations with the Adult ‘Gabrielle’. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(2):343-370.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(2):343-370

History of Psychoanalysis

The Name of the Piggle: Reconsidering Winnicott's Classic Case in Light of Some Conversations with the Adult ‘Gabrielle’

Deborah Anna Luepnitz

(Accepted for publication 3 January 2017)

On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the author re-reads Winnicott's The Piggle - a case of ‘on demand analysis’ with a child suffering from psychotic night terrors - in light of new information about the patient. Conversations between the author and ‘Gabrielle’ explore two areas not regarded as priorities by Winnicott: the transgenerational transmission of pathology/trauma, and the ways that language, in general - and given names, in particular - organize individual subjectivity. The question raised is to what degree Winnicott - who described the treatment as “psychoanalysis partagé [shared]” due to the parents’ involvement - thought of the pathology itself as ‘shared.’ The goal is not to supplant but to expand Winnicott's understanding of the case, borrowing insights from the work of Lacan and others.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

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