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SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education

Melanie Klein

Early Analysis, Play, and the Question of Freedom

Authors: Britzman, Deborah P.

  • ​Examines Klein’s relevance for education through her understanding of the inner world
  • Discusses how Klein’s theory questions what we imagine as objects of learning and how we imagine learning occurs
  • Analyzes a number of deep existential, philosophical, and relational dilemmas on the nature of teaching and learning  
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About this book

This volume introduces the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein to the general field of education and traces her theories of mental life as an emotional situation, through to problems of self/other relations in our own time. The case is made for Klein’s relevance and the difficulties her theories pose to the activities of learning and pedagogical relation.  Klein’s vocabulary—the paranoid/schizoid and depressive positions, phantasy, object relations, projective identification, anxiety, envy, and the urge for reparation and gratitude— are discussed in terms of their evolution and the designs of her main questions, all stemming from the problem of inhibition. Her contribution to an understanding of symbolization and the shift from concrete thinking to greater freedom of mind is analyzed. The essay develops the following questions: why is learning an emotional situation?  How did Klein’s life and larger history influence her views? What are her central theories of mental life? Why did Klein focus on anxiety and phantasies as making up the life of the mind? What is object relations theory? And, what does Klein’s model of the self proffer to contemporary education in schools and in universities?

About the authors

Deborah Britzman is Distinguished Research Professor at York University in Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is author of seven books, over 80 referred articles and is known for her contribution in education and psychoanalysis. Britzman is also a psychoanalyst with a small clinical practice.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Preludes

    Britzman, Deborah P.

    Pages 1-11

  • Affecting Psychoanalysis

    Britzman, Deborah P.

    Pages 13-24

  • The Early Education of Psychoanalysis

    Britzman, Deborah P.

    Pages 25-35

  • Away from Education: Step-by-Step

    Britzman, Deborah P.

    Pages 37-45

  • The Psychoanalytic Situation: Early Analysis and Its Theory of Play Technique

    Britzman, Deborah P.

    Pages 47-56

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-26085-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-26083-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Melanie Klein
Book Subtitle
Early Analysis, Play, and the Question of Freedom
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26085-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26085-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-26083-9
Series ISSN
2211-937X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 112
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