Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community

  • Barry Sheils
  • Julie Walsh

Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

About this book

Introduction

This book brings together the work of scholars and writer-practitioners of psychoanalysis to consider the legacy of two of Sigmund Freud's most important metapsychological papers: 'On Narcissism: An Introduction' (1914) and 'Mourning and Melancholia' (1917 [1915]).  These twin papers, conceived in the context of unprecedented social and political turmoil, mark a point in Freud’s metapsychological project wherein the themes of loss and of psychic violence were becoming incontrovertible facts in the story of subject formation. Taking as their concern the difficulty of setting apart the ‘inner’ and the ‘outer’ worlds, as well as the difficulty of preserving an image of the coherently boundaried subject, the psychoanalytic frameworks of narcissism and melancholia provide the background coordinates for the volume’s contributors to analyse contemporary subjectivities in new psychosocial contexts. The psychoanalytic frameworks of narcissism and melancholia provide the background for contributors to analyse contemporary subjectivities in new psychosocial contexts, including community configured along the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and generation. This collection will be of great interest to all scholars and practitioners of psychoanalysis and the psychotherapies, social and cultural theory, gender and sexuality studies, politics, and psychosocial studies.

Keywords

Psychosocial studies Social psychology Mood in psychoanalysis metapsychological 'On Narcissism: An Introduction' 'Mourning and Melancholia' Sigmund Freud Therapeutic Discourse Colonial Narcissism Anti-Colonial Melancholia Theory of Activism

Editors and affiliations

  • Barry Sheils
    • 1
  • Julie Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English StudiesDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of EssexDept. of Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic SColchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63829-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63828-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63829-4
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