The Destructive Element
by Lyndsey Stonebridge (9780415921619)

The Destructive Element
Lyndsey Stonebridge
Release Date: 28 Apr 1999
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 210
Category: Psychology & Psychiatry
ISBN: 9780415921619
ISBN-10: 0415921619

Freud's account of the sublimated drives at work beneath the surfaces of "advanced" societies, alongside the modernist fictions of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, Woolf and others, both reflected and inaugurated a strain of modernism preoccupied with the darkest elements of the human psyche. In "The Destructive Element" Lyndsey Stonebridge examines the career and legacy of British psychoanalyst Melanie Klein as a lens through which to examine the 20th century's fascination with death drives, the sublimation of civilization's "discontents" and the socialization of children--fascinations that would surface throughout the cultural production of the West. At once cultural history and psychoanalytic theory, and a bold reformulation of the legacies of modernism, "The Destructive Element" is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Western tradition.

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