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Dreams and Dramas

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January 2002 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`In this groundbreaking book, Alan Roland's stated purpose it to integrate psychoanalysis with art and the artist. For those treating artists, or those who want to bring greater understanding of the creative process into their consciousness, this book is indispensable' - Psychologist-Psychoanalyst Newsletter

Alan Roland is both a highly respected psychoanalyst and an exhibiting artist, giving him a fresh perspective on psychoanalytic studies of art and the artist. Here he argues for an interdisciplinary integration of psychoanalysis with art and artistic criticism, and against the reductionism of applied psychoanalysis.

Exploring the artistic process and the concept of the artistic self in terms of self-objects and transformational objects, Roland challenges the basic assumption of applied psychoanalysis - that the work of art is a dream or daydream expressed within a formal aesthetic framework. Written in an accessible, non-technical style, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in psychoanalytic criticism or psychoanalytical theories of dreams and creativity.

 
PART ONE - THE ARTIST AND THE ARTISTIC PROCESS
 
Psychoanalytic Therapy With the Career Artist
 
The Artistic Self and Artists' Selfobjects and Transformative Objects
Relational Perspectives on the Artistic Process

 
 
PART TWO - DREAMS, IMAGERY, AND CREATIVITY
 
The Context and Unique Function of Dreams in Psychoanalytic Therapy
 
Imagery and Symbolic Expression in Dreams and Art
 
Imagery and the Self in Artisitc Creativity
 
PART THREE - PSYCHOANALYTIC CRITICISM
 
Toward a Reorientation of Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism
Alan Roland and Gino Rizzo
Psychoanalysis in Search of Pirandello
Six Characters and Henry IV

 

 
Pinter's Homecoming
Imagoes in Dramatic Action

 
 
Reflections
An Afterword

 

I use this book in my sophomore Drama in Elementary Education course. It is thought provoking but not directly meets the need of students in Elementary Ed

Dr AYSEGUL OGUZ
FACULTY OF EDUCATION, RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN UNIVERSITY
December 19, 2015

A new perspective for counselling students to explore at the higher level of study

Ms Carol Lloyd
social studies, Chichester University
September 29, 2015

A fascinating exposition of the links between dreaming and literature, which opens up the topic to all, apart from those with a specialist interest. Students researching in any of the areas connected with dreaming, daydreaming, reverie, narrative, myth and literature will find this an interesting read and be inspired to follow up the ideas presented and the novels discussed in more detail. A great appetiser!

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 4, 2013

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