Melanie Klein

Kristeva, J. 2002. Translated by Ross Guberman. Columbia University Press.

To the psychoanalyst, philosopher, and linguist Julia Kristeva, Melanie Klein was the most original innovator in psychoanalysis. In this biography, Kristeva considers Klein’s life and intellectual development, weaving a narrative that covers the history of psychoanalysis and illuminates Kristeva’s own life and work. Kristeva proposes that Klein’s “break” with Freud was really an attempt to complete his theory of the unconscious. Kristeva addresses Klein’s numerous critics, and bridges the gulf between the clinical and theoretical worlds of psychoanalysis.