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A brief history of illusion: Milner, Winnicott and Rycroft.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12427265     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Illusion is a word that Raymond Williams might have included among his list of keywords of British culture, since it is a word that discloses 'both continuity and discontinuity, and also deep conflicts of value and belief' within its intellectual and political history (1983, p. 23). It is a banner under which the meaning of that culture has frequently been contested. The author indicates some of the more significant of these contests, with occasional glances at the wider European context and with special reference to the history of psychoanalysis, where the conflicts that characterise the larger history of the word have been interestingly re-enacted. In particular, the author explores its significance for the English psychoanalysts Marion Milner and Charles Rycroft and, more centrally, for Donald Winnicott, not least because in Winnicott's case it is a word that has been treated only peripherally in the two books that are organised around the study of his language, Alexander Newman's Non-Compliance in Winnicott's Words (1995) and Jan Abram's The Language of Winnicott (1996).
John F Turner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-12     Completed Date:  2003-05-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1063-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of English, University of Swansea, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PP, UK.
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MeSH Terms
History, 20th Century
Illusions / history*
Literature, Modern / history
Medicine in Literature
Psychoanalysis / history

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