The Inner World and Joan Riviere: Collected Papers, 1920-1958

The Inner World and Joan Riviere: Collected Papers, 1920-1958

The Inner World and Joan Riviere: Collected Papers, 1920-1958

The Inner World and Joan Riviere: Collected Papers, 1920-1958

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Since her death in 1962, Riviere's reputation has rested principally on her achievement as a translator and lucid disseminator of Freudian and Kleinian ideas. This volume sheds light on her own contributions to psychoanalytic theory and practice. Edited and with a biographical chapter by Athol Hughe

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Hanna Segal

I t gives me very great pleasure to write a Foreword to this first edition of Joan Riviere's Collected Papers. She was the person who, apart from Melanie Klein, made the greatest impression on me in my formative years as a psychoanalyst. I also welcome this edition because I think that Riviere's contribution to psychoanalysis, and the part she played in the development of Melanie Klein's ideas, tends to be underestimated at the moment.

Mrs Riviere supervised my first training case. Working with her was quite an experience. From the beginning I was struck by her originality and the impact of her presence. She was a very tall woman, beautiful but severe-looking, always dressed immaculately. in talking to her one was immediately impressed by her powerful intellect and the depths of her culture. She also had a sense of humour -- not the gentle self-deprecating kind of English humour, but rather a sharp penetrating humorous wit. She also had a pretty sharp tongue. I remember two occasions when it referred to myself. the first occasion was when I boasted to her that, despite fog and snow, I made excellent time driving . . .

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