Given that television has arguably been the most powerful medium in much of the world for up to half a century, a book approaching it through psychoanalysis is considerably overdue. And now digitisation and the internet have made the idea of 'television' much more complicated and pervasive, our need to understand its deeper influences on our minds, and how we relate to it, is yet more important. This collection of essays draws on key ideas from modern psychoanalysis while retaining, in its rich psychosocial approach, a strong appreciation of the socio-cultural contexts in which television has taken the shapes it has. --Barry Richards, Professor of Public Communication, The Media School, Bournemouth University
Combining cultural theory and television studies with clinical encounters and object-relations, 'Television and Psychoanalysis' is as erudite and switched-on as it is eclectic. Ranging from the London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony through to The Sopranos, and even Play School, the essays gathered together here challenge us to re-think the 'boob tube' via a welcome array of shows. TV has long deserved serious psycho-cultural understanding, and this book marks a vital transition by creatively bridging the small screen and key psychoanalytic ideas. --Matt Hills, Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University
About the Author
Caroline Bainbridge is Reader in Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton and a Director of the Media and the Inner World research network, which is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is Editor of the Journal Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics. Ivan Ward is Deputy Director and Head of Learning at the Freud Museum, London, and manager of the Museum's public Programme of talks and conferences. Candida Yates is Reader in Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London and is a Director of the Media and the Inner World research network funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is the Co-Editor of the Journal Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics and a consulting editor of the Journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and she has published widely on the themes of masculinity, emotion, politics and popular culture.