New Books Network

Rosine Jozef Perelberg, “Psychic Bisexuality: A British-French Dialogue” (Routledge, 2018)
Psychic Bisexuality: A British-French Dialogue (Routledge, 2018), edited by Rosine Jozef Perelberg, clarifies and develops the Freudian conception according to which sexual identity is not reduced to the anatomical difference between the sexes, but is constructed as a psychic bisexuality that is inherent to all human beings. The book takes... Read More
Jonathan Erickson, “Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience” (Routledge, 2019)
Imagination is one of the most important elements of being human, but is most often assumed we know what it is, while rarely being analyzed. Here with me today is Jonathan Erickson to discuss his recent book Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience (Routledge, 2019).... Read More
Babette Becker, “I Should Have Been Music” (Page Publishing, 2018)
Dr. Babette Becker’s memoir I Should Have Been Music (Page Publishing, 2018) recounts her experience as a patient in four different mental hospitals from 1957 to 1960. It was a time when little was known about mental illness, except the shame and horror of it, and nothing was known about... Read More
Vanessa Sinclair and Manya Steinkoler, “On Psychoanalysis and Violence” (Routledge, 2018)
Gun violence must be what drive defusion looks like; with every shot fired, with every life stilled by rounds of ammo, we are summoned to address the acute darkness of psychic collapse and radical decompensation. We witness the unthreading of a once more sturdily interwoven seam. We live on the... Read More
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