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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Melanie Klein: Selected full-text books and articles

Reading Melanie Klein By Lyndsey Stonebridge; John Phillips Routledge, 1998
Contributions to Psycho-Analysis, 1921-1945 By Melanie Klein; John D. Sutherland Hogarth Press, 1965
Clinical Klein: From Theory to Practice By R. D. Hinshelwood Basic Books, 1994
The Ego According to Klein: Return to Freud and Beyond By Blass, Rachel B International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 93, No. 1, February 2012
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Affects in Melanie Klein By Rusbridger, Richard International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 93, No. 1, February 2012
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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Kleinian Tradition By Stanley Ruszczynski; Sue Johnson Karnac Books, 1999
Some Technical Implications of Klein's Concept of 'Premature Ego Development' By Mitrani, Judith L International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 88, August 2007
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Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought By 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 By 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 By Victoria Hamilton Karnac Books, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Primary Internal Object-Relationships: Melanie Klein"
Psychoanalytic Theories of Affect By Ruth Stein Praeger, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Affects and Positions: Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion"
A Century of Psychiatry By Hugh Freeman Mosby, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Anna Freud & Melanie Klein" begins on p. 106
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