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Love, Hate, and Literature

Kleinian Readings of Dante, Ponge, Rilke, and Sarraute

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Nicolette David

Melanie Klein (1882-1960) was a pioneer of child analysis whose work with children enables us to gain a deep understanding of the mind. Love, Hate, and Literature examines Klein’s insights into infantile phantasy in order to uncover and explore a Kleinian dynamics of reading, which has powerful implications for our understanding of literary texts in general. This book focuses on four very diverse writers – Dante, Ponge, Rilke, and Sarraute – whose writings pertinently reflect the transformation of Kleinian phantasies into literary texts.