Reading Here and Now
Conversations with innovators in psychotherapy
Aner Govrin & Sharon Ziv-Beiman
a conversation with
Meg William Harris
Donald Meltzer –
A Contemporary Introduction
The conversation will take place
Sunday, March 27th, 2022
7:30pm Israel Time; UTC+2
(12:30pm, New York Time)
and will be available via ZOOM.
Participation fee: 17$ or 15€
In this intelligent and insightful work, Meg Harris Williams presents a clear and readable introduction to the works of influential psychoanalyst Donald Meltzer. The book covers Meltzer's ideas on key themes including sexuality, dreams, psychosis, perversion and aesthetics, and his work with both children and adults.
This book focuses mainly on Meltzer's views on the nature of psychoanalysis itself, as an investigative method conducted by the cooperation between two people. His intuitive understanding of dreams is underscored by a scholarly interest in philosophy and linguistics. The book will give readers a window into Meltzer's clinical
seminars and supervisions, as well as a comprehensive overview of his published work, all thoughtfully brought together by someone who worked with Meltzer for many years.
Bringing Meltzer's ideas into a contemporary context, this fresh approach to his work makes his rich and complex theories about our inner world accessible to all. Part of the Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis series, this book will be of great importance to psychoanalysts, clinicians, and scholars familiar with Meltzer's ideas and those seeking an introduction to his work.
In this conversation, Meg Harris Williams will discuss with Aner Govrin and Sharon Ziv-Beiman her acquaintance with Meltzer and other British Kleinian, the influence of Freud, Bion, Klein on Meltzer's thought, and topics that are central to Meltzer's writing, such as sexuality and creativity, dream interpretation, aesthetic conflict, projective identification, and the delusional system.
Meg Harris Williams is a literary scholar and former analysand of Meltzer. She is a lecturer for the Psychoanalytic Studies MA course at the Tavistock and Portman Trust, London.
She is the author of many books, among them are:
Dream Sequences in Shakespeare: A Psychoanalytic Perspective,
The Aesthetic Development: The Poetic Spirit of Psychoanalysis: Essays on Bion, Meltzer, Keats,
The Vale of Soulmaking: The Post-Kleinian Model of the Mind, Aesthetic Conflict and Its Clinical Relevance. She also edited three volumes of Selected Papers of Donald Meltzer: Philosophy and History of Psychoanalysis.