Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life: Common Distress, Individual Experience - ed. Howard B. Levine & Ana de Staal


The Freud Museum was proud to welcome Howard B. Levine (US) and Ana de Staal (France) upon the release of their co-edited book. You can access the recording of the event here. 

Bringing together a dozen contributions from psychoanalysts of many different countries and theoretical orientations, Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life, a collective work edited by Howard Levine and Ana de Staal, offers readers the opportunity to explore and reflect upon the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to influence analytical practice.

From the changes imposed on the framework (online sessions) to the impact of the trauma of isolation and the disruption of our social anchoring (required by confinement and health protection gestures), to the challenge presented to the 'ordinary' denial of mortality, this book explores the lessons of what the pandemic can teach us about how to understand and treat collective distress individually and puts psychoanalytical tools to the test of the profound psychosocial upheavals that the twenty-first century may hold in store.

Contributions from Christopher Bollas, Patricia Cardoso de Mello, Bernard Chervet, Joshua Durban, Antonino Ferro, Serge Frisch, Steven Jaron, Daniel Kupermann, Howard Levine, François Lévy, Riccardo Lombardi, Elias & Alberto Rocha Barros, Michael Rustin, Ana de Staal, and Jean-Jacques Tyszler demonstrate the myriad ways we have all been affected by Covid-19.

Publisher: Phoenix Publishing House

Published: April 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Dimensions: 14.99 x 1.78 x 22.61 cm

Due to be released simultaneously in English, French (Éditions d’Ithaque) and Portuguese (Editora Blucher)

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