Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, 1882–1960, British psychoanalyst, b. Vienna. She became a psychoanalyst after seeking therapy from Sandor Ferenczi, a colleague of Sigmund Freud, who encouraged her to pursue her own studies with young children. She served as a member (1921–26) of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, using psychoanalytic techniques with emotionally disturbed children. She moved to London in 1926, on the invitation of psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, to continue her practice and to expand on areas of psychoanalysis such as the death instinct and the Oedipus complex. In her later work, Klein's theories came into conflict with those of other psychoanalysts, particularly Anna Freud. Kleinian theory is still influential as a distinctive strain of psychoanalytic theory. Her writings include The Psychoanalysis of Children (1932) and Narrative of a Child Analysis (1961).

See biography by P. Grosskurth (1987).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Reading Melanie Klein
Lyndsey Stonebridge; John Phillips.
Routledge, 1998
Melanie Klein: From Theory to Reality
Otto Weininger.
Karnac Books, 1992
Contributions to Psycho-Analysis, 1921-1945
Melanie Klein; John D. Sutherland.
Hogarth Press, 1965
Clinical Klein: From Theory to Practice
R. D. Hinshelwood.
Basic Books, 1994
The Ego According to Klein: Return to Freud and Beyond
Blass, Rachel B.
International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 93, No. 1, February 2012
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Affects in Melanie Klein
Rusbridger, Richard.
International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 93, No. 1, February 2012
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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Kleinian Tradition
Stanley Ruszczynski; Sue Johnson.
Karnac Books, 1999
Projective Identification in the Clinical Setting: The Kleinian Interpretation
Robert Waska.
Brunner-Routledge, 2004
Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions: The Kleinian Psychoanalytic Approach with Difficult Patients
Robert Waska.
Brunner-Routledge, 2005
Freud, Jung, Klein -- The Fenceless Field: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychology
Roger Hobdell; Michael Fordham.
Routledge, 1998
The Bounds of Reason: Habermas, Lyotard, and Melanie Klein on Rationality
Emilia Steuerman.
Routledge, 2000
Some Technical Implications of Klein's Concept of 'Premature Ego Development'
Mitrani, Judith L.
International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 88, August 2007
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Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought
Stephen A. Mitchell; Margaret J. Black.
Basic Books, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Includes Chap. 4 "Melanie Klein and Contemporary Klein and Theory"
The Oedipus Complex Today: Clinical Implications
Ronald Britton; Michael Feldman; Edna O'Shaughnessy; John Steiner.
Karnac Books, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "The Oedipus Complex in the Light of Early Anxieties" by Melanie Klein begins on p. 11
Narcissus and Oedipus: The Children of Psychoanalysis
Victoria Hamilton.
Karnac Books, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Primary Internal Object-Relationships: Melanie Klein"
Psychoanalytic Theories of Affect
Ruth Stein.
Praeger, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Affects and Positions: Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion"
A Century of Psychiatry
Hugh Freeman.
Mosby, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Anna Freud & Melanie Klein" begins on p. 106
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