The New Library of Psychoanalysis

Edited by Alessandra Lemma,
Institute of Psychoanalysis, London

 

 

 

 

Foreign Rights Editor: Steph Ebdon, Patterson Marsh, London
Former Editors: David Tuckett, Elizabeth Bott-Spillius, Susan Budd
and Dana Birksted-Breen

Alesssandra Lemma

Professor Alessandra Lemma became General Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis in 2010. She is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She works primarily in the National Health Service as Director of the Psychological Therapies Unit, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She is Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, and Honorary Professor of Psychological Therapies, Essex University. She is the Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Applications, Theory and Research (Taylor and Francis). She has published extensively on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Recent publications include: Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Study of Body Modification (2010, London: Routledge); Off the Couch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications (with M. Patrick, 2010. London: Routledge); The Individual and the Group: Relational Perspectives in Mental Health Care (London: Karnac Books, in press); Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide (with M. Target and P. Fonagy. Oxford: OUP, in press); Envy and Gratitude Revisited (with P. Roth, 2008, London, Karnac Books), Relating To Self-Harm and Suicide: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Practice, Theory and Prevention (with S. Briggs and W. Crouch, 2008. London: Routledge).

The Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London. Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The Institute of Psychoanalysis has a long history of book publication, starting in 1921 in the form of joint publication with the Hogarth Press of the International Psychoanalytical Library. Under the general editorship of several distinguished psychoanalysts - Ernest Jones, John Sutherland, Masud Khan, Clifford Yorke - this memorable collection consisted of 118 books, including many of the early translations of the works of Freud and the writings of most of the leading British and Continental analysts as well. Some of these books were published not only in Britain but also in the United States.

By the mid 1980s American psychoanalysis had developed many new schools of thought and American analysts were becoming increasingly interested in British psychoanalysis; the Institute eventually decided that it would be advisable to have a publisher who was established in the United States as well as in Britain, and after considerable investigation Brunner-Routledge was selected.

The new series, the New Library of Psychoanalysis, published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors. There have been 41 titles published to date by Brunner-Routledge in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London. Brunner-Routledge, now Routledge, has become part of the Taylor & Francis Group.

Under the guidance of Riccardo Steiner and then Inge Wise, as Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis. The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and ?middle group? analysts during the Second World War. The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

The Books in the Series


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