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Roos, K. (2020). Contemporary Bionian theory and technique in psychoanalysis: edited by Antonino Ferro, Oxon: Routledge, 2018, 258pp, £33.99, ISBN 9781138820586.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 101(4):853-857.

(2020). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 101(4):853-857

Contemporary Bionian theory and technique in psychoanalysis: edited by Antonino Ferro, Oxon: Routledge, 2018, 258pp, £33.99, ISBN 9781138820586.

Karen Roos

Contemporary Bionian Theory and Technique in Psychoanalysis offers the reader a comprehensive overview of post-Bionian Italian psychoanalytic theory. Each author examines the historical evolution of one core psychoanalytic concept. Maurizio Collovà takes up the setting; Giuseppe Civitarese: transference and countertransference; Giovanni Foresti: interpretation; Ferro, the dream model; Pierluigi Politi: dreaming; Elena Molinari: child and adolescent psychoanalysis; and Fulvio Mazzacone: the “vicissitudes” of the analytic field. These essays clarify theoretical continuity and discontinuity as well as spotlight specific invigorating contributions to a concept. Freud, Klein, Bleger, Winnicott, the Barangers, Bion, Grotstein, Ogden and Merleau-Ponty among others circulate in this volume. Each chapter emphasizes the significant contribution of Italian field theory, “[bringing] to life the concept of the field” (xi).

Although these seven authors share the field paradigm, each individual writes with a unique voice. Close reading of chapters reveals differences, some subtle and some significant.

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