On the lyricism of the mind: Psychoanalysis and literature.

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On theLyricism of the Mind: Psychoanalysis and Literature explores the lyrical dimension (or the lyricism) of the psychic space. It is not presented as an artistic disposition, but rather as a universal psychic quality that enables the recovery and recuperation of the self. The specific nature of human lyricism is defined as the interaction as well as the integration of two psychic modes of experience, originally defined by the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion: the emergent and the continuous principles of the self. Dana Amir elaborates upon Bion's general notion of an interaction between the emergent and the continuous principles of the self, offering a discussion of the specific function of each principle and of the significance of the various types of interaction between them as the basis for mental health or pathology. The author applies these theoretical notions in her analytic work by means of literary illustrations, showing how the lyrical dimension may be used in analytical work as well as in psychoanalytic reading of literature and explore the connection between psychoanalytic and literary languages. On the Lyricism of the Mind presents a new psychoanalytic understanding of the capacity to heal, to grieve, to love and to know, using literary illustrations but also literary language in order to extract a new formulation out of the classic psychoanalytic language of Winnicott and Bion. This book will appeal to a wide audience including psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and art therapists. It is also extremely relevant to literary scholars, including students of literary criticism, philosophers of language and philosophers of mind, novelists, poets, and to a wide educated readership in general. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages99
ISBN (Electronic)9781138841796, 9781138841789, 9781315731971
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Literature
  • Mind
  • Philosophies
  • Psychoanalysis


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