New Books Network

Brett Kahr, “Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel” (Routledge, 2019)
“I’m very happy to say I really really do love psychoanalysis. I think the insights are absolutely genius and I don’t think that I would be able to do any of my work if I didn’t have those ideas readily available to me.” In Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving... Read More
Ian Parker, “Psychoanalysis, Clinic, and Context: Subjectivity, History, and Autobiography” (Routledge, 2019)
There are many pathways into the world of psychoanalysis. Some arrive from fields like psychiatry and psychology; some from literature, philosophy, and the humanities; and others from political organising. Our guest Ian Parker found his way into Lacanian psychoanalysis via dissatisfaction with his training in psychology, alongside strongly-held Marxist and... Read More
John Launer, “Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein” (Henry N. Abrams, 2017)
John Launer‘s Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein (Overlook Duckworth Press, 2014) manages to supplant (and given the power of the visual image, this is no mean feat) the picture you may have in your mind of Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in flagrante delicto. If this... Read More
Carlo Bonomi, “The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Vol. I,” (Routledge, 2017)
Carlo Bonomi‘s two-volume set dreams the foundation of psychoanalysis as it writes its history. The work animates the reader’s imagination, inviting them to journey the interwoven paths of Sigmund Freud’s associations, anxieties and conflicts. These books tackle what has often remained hidden both in the historical writing about psychoanalysis and... Read More
Benjamin Fong, “Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism” (Columbia UP, 2016)
Benjamin Fong’s Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism (Columbia University Press, 2016) revitalizes two oft’ maligned psychoanalytic concepts, the death drive and the drive to mastery, and makes lively and thoroughgoing use of both to revisit arguments about the power of the culture industry... Read More
Robert P. Drozek, “Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process” (Routledge, 2019)
The subject of ethics in psychoanalysis has long been relegated to the sidelines of clinical theory. In his new book Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process with a forward by Peter Fonagy (Routledge, 2019), Robert P. Drozek utilizes both philosophical and analytic concepts to arrive at a new theory of an... Read More
Ira Helderman, “Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion” (UNC Press, 2019)
Buddhism and psychotherapy have been in conversation since the days of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Erich Fromm. Today, when practices drawn from Buddhism have entered the mainstream, that conversation continues in multiple dimensions. In Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion (University of North Carolina Press, 2019),... Read More