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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Norton (23 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393002608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393002607
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melanie Klein, MA (Santa Monica, CA) is a writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. She is the adviser of the Santa Monica College Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the founder and co-coordinator of WAM! Los Angeles. Klein also founded FeministFatale.com and is a contributor for Proud2Bme, a NEDA project, Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal, Intent.com, MindBodyGreen, and Ms. Magazine's blog.

Joan Riviere was born in Brighton, Sussex, in 1883, and was educated firstly in Brighton itself and then at Wycombe Abbey School, a well-known girls' boarding school. Although she received no university education, an event of great significance for her later career occurred in her seventeenth year when she was sent to live with a family in Gotha, Germany, in order to acquire proficiency in the German language. In 1906 she married Evelyn Riviere, a barrister at the Chancery bar and son of the successful Victorian painter, Breton Riviere. By 1915 she had entered into analysis with Ernest Jones, and some years later embarked on her first translations of papers by Freud. When the analysis with Jones proved unsatisfactory she became, for a brief period, Freud's analysand. Freud was quick to discern her potential usefulness to the psychoanalytic cause as a sensitive and creative translator, and in 1922 she was appointed Translation Editor of the 'International Journal of Psycho-Analysis'; a position she occupied until 1937.It is uncertain when Joan Riviere and Melanie Klein first met but, by the time Mrs. Klein settled in London in 1926, she was already established as An early supporter. In later years Riviere emerged as one of the most articulate proponents of Kleinian ideas, working closely with Mrs. Klein during the 1930s and 1940s, and publishing several papers of her own. A certain coolness, however, developed between Klein and Riviere in the 1950s as Riviere-always uneasy in groups- gradually withdrew from the growing circle of students and supporters who surrounded Klein as her influence and authority made themselves felt.Since her death in 1962, Joan Riviere's reputation has rested principally on her early achievement as a translator and on her later role as a persuasive and lucid disseminator of Freudian and Kleinian ideas. The respect gained for her in these quarters has, however, tended to obscure the importance and originality of her own contributions to psychoanalytic literature. It is to be hoped that this volume will go some way to redressing the balance and allow the reader to establish the great value of Joan Riviere's contribution to psychoanalytic theory and practice.


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This book is made up of two essays, the first by by Joan Riviere and the second by Melanie Klein. I advise anyone who wishes to read this book to start with Melane Klein's essay and not Joan Rviere's. This is mainly because whilst Melanie Klein writes extremely clearly about emotional development in contrast Joan Riviere writes in a convoluted style, with vague statements being qualified by further vague statements. Reading, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say deciphering, Riviere's short essay is quite an exercise in exasperation tolerance and Melanie Klein shouldn't in my opinion have accepted it as a companion piece to her essay. Still Klein's essay alone makes it worth it.
The first essay by Riviere focuses on the emotions of hate, greed and aggression. Unfortunately the most I got from it really was that these emotions have their roots in our early dependency on others, and that they are based on insecurity and fear and prompts the use of primitive defense mechanisms such as projection-I'm sure there was more to her essay than this but because of my negative reaction to her style of writing I failed to grasp it. The second essay by Melanie Klein in contrast is extremely clear and crisp and focuses on love. guilt and reparation within the context of general human emotional development.
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