“Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein” is based on a series of six lectures given by Melanie Klein, an Austrian-British author and psychoanalyst known for her work in child analysis, to students at the British Psychoanalytical Society in 1936 and repeated several times in subsequent years.
They were discovered in the Melanie Klein Archives housed in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library and have been previously described by Elizabeth Spillius but never before published.
In this book, John Steiner explores what characterizes Kleinian Technique, how her technique changed over the years, what she saw as the correct psychoanalytical attitude and how psychoanalytic technique has changed since Klein’s death.
Klein, who moved to England from Berlin in 1927, became one of the leading psychoanalysts, following Freud and making an important contribution in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. A pioneer in child analysis, her work remains widely influential throughout the world.
This book consists of the full text of the original six lectures, accompanied by a critical analysis from Steiner who is known internationally as a leading Kleinian analyst and writer.
Steiner demonstrates the importance of the lectures in understanding Klein’s work and their continued relevance for contemporary psychoanalysis.
In addition, also published for the first time, this book includes annotated transcripts of a preserved recording of a seminar Klein held in 1958 with young analysts of the British Psychoanalytical Society.
In this seminar, close to the end of her life, many of the points made in the earlier lectures were elaborated upon and brought further up to date in light of developments in Klein’s thinking during the intervening years.
Featuring rare, previously unpublished material, “Lectures on Technique by Melanie Klein” provides a new and significant contribution to the understanding of the Kleinian paradigm. It is essential reading for all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists interested in and influenced by Klein’s work and legacy.