Separation and Creativity: Refinding the Lost Language of Childhood


Integrating both the work of Winnicott and the American tradition of child analysis with her own Lacanian theoretical model, noted French analyst Maud Mannoni highlights the relationship between the childhood traumas of creative artists and their adult work. How can the horror, the distress experienced in childhood, constitute the very material of a work of art? This is the leitmotif of this book. It takes us through the anguish and poetry of Poe, the ghost stories of Wharton, the films of Hitchcock and Bergman to the struggles of survivors of contemporary man-made disastersthe Chowchilla kidnapping, the Holocaust, the disappeared of Argentina. This book, through its transitions from one set of vivid images to the next, makes the reader expect its very substance. Dori Laubrien

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • John Brenkman
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999


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