Relational psychoanalysis has revivified psychoanalytic discourse by attesting to the analyst's multidimensional subjectivity and then showing how this subjectivity opens to deeper insights about the experience of the analysand. Volume 3 of the "Relational Psychoanalysis Book" series enlarges this ongoing project in significant ways. Here, leading relational theorists explore the cultural, racial, class-conscious, gendered, and even traumatized anlagen of the self as pathways to clinical understanding. "Relational Psychoanalysis: New Voices" is especially a forum for new relational voices and new idioms of relational discourse. Established writers, Muriel Dimen, Sue Grand, and Ruth Stein among them, utilize aspects of their own subjectivity to illuminate heretofore neglected dimensions of cultural experience, of trauma, and of clinical stalemate. A host of new voices applies relational thinking to aspects of race, class, and politics as they emerge in the clinical situation. A final section of "Experiments in a New Key" highlights nontraditional writing in which authors use innovative narrative techniques and writing styles to broaden our very concept of psychoanalytic writing.
Contributions encompass fiction inspired by clinical material; nontraditional uses of the self in theorizing about the Other; the interweaving of analyst and patient narratives when both have lived in the same "wounded place of trauma"; and the working through of relational entanglement with a fictional text. The contributors to "Relational Psychoanalysis: New Voices" are boldly unconventional - in their topics, in their modes of discourse, in their innovative and often courageous uses of self. Collectively, they convey the ever widening scope of the relational sensibility. The "relational turn" keeps turning.
Part I: New Forms of Writing, Seasoned Voices. Aron, The Tree of Knowledge: Good and Evil. Crastnopol, Uneasy Intimacy: A Siren's Call. Dimen, Ma Vie En Rose: A Meditation. Grand, Unsexed and Ungendered Bodies: The Violated Self. Harris, The House of Difference: Enactment, A Play in Three Scenes. Stein, Waystations on a Psychoanalytic Journey. Part II: New Ideas, New Voices. Botticelli, Return of the Repressed: Class in Psychoanalytic Process. Cheng, Intimate Refusals: Racial Melancholia and the Politics of Objecthood. Eng & Han, Desegregating Love: Transnational Adoption, Racial Reparation, and Racial Transitional Objects. Gentile, Resisting to Survive or Self-destructing to Resist? The Ongoing Paradox of Transformation. Grossmark, From Familiar Chaos to Coherence: Unformulated Experience and Enactment in Group Psychotherapy. Hartman, Class Unconscious: From Dialectical Materialism to Relational Material. Hewitt, Self/Object and Individual/Society: The 'Two Logics' of Psychoanalysis. Part III: Experiments in a New Key. Cheuvront, Jr., Eternal Return: Development, Repetition, and Time. Cole, The HIV-Positive Analyst: Identifying the Other. Roth & Freedgood, Never Mind the Equipment: A Brief and Somewhat Eccentric Interrogation of the Homo in Sexuality. Silverman, Where We Both Have Lived. Straker, Enter the Perverse. Suchet, Transitions.