Account login Close

WPF Therapy Book of the Month – January 2019

WPF Therapy Book of the Month – January 2019

The Life and Work of Joan Riviere: Freud, Klein and Female Sexuality by Marion Bower traces her journey from dressmaker’s apprentice, and member of the Society for Psychical Research, to Sigmund Freud’s patient and his favourite translator. Marion Bower examines Riviere’s important legacy and contribution to the early development of psychoanalysis.

Riviere was also a close friend and colleague of Melanie Klein and wrote her own highly original and influential papers on female sexuality and other topics, in particular Womanliness as a Masquerade (1929). Her position in the British Psychoanalytic Society was unusual as a direct link between Freud and Klein. Her own papers were extraordinarily prescient of developments in psychoanalysis, as well as the social climate of the time. Riviere’s experience as a dressmaker gave her an interest in female sexuality, and she proceeded to significantly challenge Freud’s views. She also defended Klein from ferocious attacks by Melitta Schmideberg (Klein’s daughter) and Anna Freud.

Marion Bower will be giving a lecture at WPF Therapy later in the year. Look out for details.

Related articles

Diana Athill, writer and editor, dies aged 101

In the year that WPF Therapy celebrates reaching its 50th year anniversary, the greatly admired writer Diana Athill has passed away upon reaching 101. In much of her later writing,…

Calls for more support for older people’s mental health

Despite evidence that talking therapies work well for older people, a new survey has found that people over 65 are least likely to ask for the help they need. Dr…

Death of Josephine Klein – psychotherapist, psychologist, academic and community worker

The psychologist and psychotherapist Josephine Klein, has died peacefully in her sleep aged 92. Josephine had a passionate concern for social justice that underpinned a variety of her initiatives as…