Psychic Life: A New Focus on Early Infancy

Cohen, Josh. 2017. Psychic Life: A New Focus on Early Infancy. In: Gregorio Kohon, ed. British Psychoanalysis: The Independent Tradition. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 73-87. ISBN 9781138579057 [Book Section]

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This chapter explores texts by D. W. Winnicott, Masud Khan and Christopher Bollas, focusing in particular on Khan's notion of 'cumulative trauma' and on trauma as a structural fact of early infancy. It mobilizes the French understanding of Freudian nachtraglichkeit or 'apres coup' to reframe early trauma in retrospective terms.

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D.W.Winnicott; Christopher Bollas; Masud Khan; British Psychoanalysis; Independent Psychoanalysis; French Psychoanalysis; Early Infancy; Trauma; Nachtraglichkeit/ Apres-coup

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English and Comparative Literature


6 October 2017Accepted
13 December 2017Published

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15 Oct 2018 11:31

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29 Apr 2020 16:55


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