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Francoise Davoine
Over the past thirty years, psychoanalysts Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have worked at a public psychiatric hospital, as consultants, and in private practice. They are currently professors at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and both hold advanced degrees in classics (French, Latin, and Greek literature) and doctorates in sociology.

Jean-Max Gaudilliere
Over the past thirty years, psychoanalysts Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have worked at a public psychiatric hospital, as consultants, and in private practice. They are currently professors at theEcole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and both hold advanced degrees in classics (French, Latin, and Greek literature) and doctorates in sociology.

Susan Fairfield
Susan Fairfield is an editor, translator, and poet. She is also the author of papers on literary criticism, a psychoanalyst, and co-editor of Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis. She lives in the Bay Area of California.Also by this translator: Biology of Freedom, Freud, The Whispering of Ghosts, Dreaming by the Book, Freud the Man, Shattered Dreams, Introduction to the Reading of Lacan, Why Do Women Love Men and Not Their Mothers?, Lacan, Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children, The Clinical Lacan, What Does a Woman Want?
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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press (March 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590511115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590511114
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book two years ago and these thoughts will reflect that distance. The material presented here is that of the intersection of psychoanalysis, personal history, "history" and language. The authors come from a Lacanian perspective, but I found the text clear and well constructed, not abstruse in the least. "History" above includes the wars and social disruptions that create massive societal and personal traumas. in several case histories presented the violence witnessed by the patient, or even the violence witnessed by the patient's mother or father--this history weighs heavily. it affects speech, action. the generational component is key--there are many instances of patients living someone else's trauma, even though this someone else (mother, father) never said one word about it.

Now as I flip through the book to remind myself more, I realize after I read this I picked up "Achilles in Vietnam", which the authors dicuss and mention favorably. Indeed, the bibliography, if you could see it, really shows the wide-ranging tastes and tactics the authors use to weave their tapestry. Here are a few names to give you a taste:

Arendt, Artaud, Beckett, Bion, Breton, Louis Carroll, Cervantes, Chretien de Troyes, Cocteau, Conrad, Damasio, Descartes, Duchamp, Dubois, Eliot, Faulkner, Ferenczi, John Ford, Foucault, Freud, Heisenberg, Herodotus, Homer, Huxley, Kant, Kerouac, Keynes, Lacan, La Mettrie, Loraux, Machiavelli, Mallarme, Moliere, Montaigne, Nagy, Pasolini, Plato, Poe, Ponge, Rabelais, Rousseau, Sacks, Said, Saussure, Sophocles, Sendhal, Stravinsky, Strindberg, Swedenborg, Valery, Verlaine, Vigo, Virgil, Visconti, Voltaire, Winnicott, Wittenstein, Zola, Zeami.

These are just the well recognized names--but what stands out is how the authors blend all this artistic, historical and philosophical knowledge into the personal narratives of the patients that pop up here and there. It's a moving read, recommended.
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Steeped in their own post-war experiences French psychoanalysts, Davoine and Gaudilliere offer compelling illustrations about the silent intergenerational transmissions of trauma. They challenge us to understand madness as a "breakdown of all reference points", such as occurs in war. When historical memory lives on in the body, when it is experienced as a presence that has never made it's way into words, it is transmitted to the next generation. This is a very helpful book for those who work with traumatized people, whether in a clinic or a war zone. Having a familiarity with Lacanian theory is a plus to understanding the theoretical references.
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Excellent book with good use of clinical vignettes to exemplify the theories described. Equally balanced between history/theory and clinical examples.
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