New Books Network

Ellen Pinsky, “Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: Mortal Gifts” (Routledge, 2017)
If I could vote for my favorite new psychoanalytic book of the 21st century, Ellen Pinsky’s Death and Fallibility in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: Mortal Gifts (Routledge, 2017) might be it; however to be clear, this is actually a set of essays that is decidedly not a collection of psychoanalytic articles.... Read More
Donald L. Carveth, “Psychoanalytic Thinking: A Dialectical Critique of Contemporary Theory and Practice” (Routledge, 2018)
Since the classical Freudian and ego psychology paradigms lost their position of dominance in the late 1950’s, psychoanalysis became a multi-paradigm science with those working in the different frameworks increasingly engaging only with those in the same or related intellectual “silos.” Beginning with Freud’s theory of human nature and civilization,... Read More
Jacob Johanssen, “Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data” (Routledge, 2019)
How can insights from psychoanalysis help us understand digital culture? In Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2019), Jacob Johanssen, a senior lecturer in the University of Westminster’s School of Media and Communication, draws on the work of Freud and Anzieu to explore both traditional and new forms... Read More
Shanna de la Torre, “Sex for Structuralists: The Non-Oedipal Logics of Femininity and Psychosis” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
What might Levi-Strauss and structuralism have to offer to psychoanalysis beyond the incest prohibition and the Oedipus complex? What happens if we understand Lacan’s notion of the symbolic as creative, rather than prohibitory? And what’s the difference between the psychoanalyst and the shaman? Shanna de la Torre’s Sex for Structuralists:... Read More
Benoît Majerus, “From the Middle Ages to Today: Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris” (Parigramme, 2018)
With Paris as the organizing locus of his new book, Du moyen âge à nos jours, expériences et représentations de la folie à Paris [From the Middle Ages to Today, Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris], Benoît Majerus uses an impressively wide range of visual sources, from religious images and... Read More
Robert Grossmark, “The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning” (Routledge, 2018)
Can you be a relational analyst who is unobtrusive at the same time? In this book, Robert Grossmark makes a claim that you can and you should! He identifies a vulnerability of the relational style—being that it can place too much emphasis on reflective interactions between patient and therapist, where... Read More
Nathan Kravis, “On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud” (MIT Press, 2017)
Sometimes, a couch is a only a couch, but not in Dr. Nathan Kravis’s new book, On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud (MIT Press, 2017). In a live interview conducted in connection with the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, we discuss how the couch has... Read More