Angela Joyce (ed) (2017). Donald Winnicott & the History of the Present.


Understanding the Man and his Work


Price: £ 23.99/$ 39.95

PB 176pp, November 2017

ISBN: 9781782205593

BIC Code: Psychoanalysis (JMA)

Contemporary practitioners and academics use Winnicott’s clinical and theoretical heritage to discuss a range of subjects: accounts of the early developmental processes and relationships, the psychoanalytic setting, creativity and the arts, Winnicott in the outside world, and the challenge to the psychoanalytic paradigm that Winnicott’s ideas constitute.

The phrase ‘the history of the present’ draws on Foucault’s radical reconsideration about how to think about history and the present, using a so-called genealogical rather than an archaeological model. Using this genealogical concept in relation to our thinking about Winnicott, his ideas, where they sit in psychoanalytic theory and psychoanalytical clinical development, reflects the breadth and depth of his work. Not only does it refer to his interest in the history of people, children, what happens to them in the very beginning of their lives, and how that manifests in adulthood, but it also refers to the genealogy of his ideas in the psychoanalytic movement. He sits in a particular relationship to Freud and Klein and we now think of him in terms of a very rich history of psychoanalytic thinking. The ideas of family, of the richness and complexity of relationships within a genogram, are a very helpful way of thinking about Winnicott and our relationship with him.


  • Emergence and conception of the subject (self)
  • In between sameness and otherness. The analyst’s words in interpsychic dialogue
  • An investigation into the technical reasons Winnicott proposes that the analyst’s objective hate toward the patient has to eventually be made available for interpretation
  • Meeting Winnicott
  • There’s no such thing as a baby: how relationships support development from birth to two
  • The irrepressible song
  • Creativity in everyday life (or, Living in the world creatively)
  • Images and words: some contemporary perspectives on the concept of regression
  • The public psychoanalyst: Donald Winnicott as broadcaster
  • Beyond the consulting-room: Winnicott the broadcaster
  • Winnicott’s paradigm shift in psychoanalytic theory and practice


About the Author

ANGELA JOYCE is a training and supervising psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and a child psychoanalyst trained at the Anna Freud Centre, London. She is currently chair of the Winnicott Trust and a trustee of the Squiggle Foundation, and is an honorary senior lecturer at University College London.

With contributions by Stefano Bolognini, Vincenzo Bonaminio, Lesley Caldwell, Paolo Fabozzi, Juliet Hopkins, Angela Joyce, Brett Kahr, Anne Karpf, Zeljko Loparic, Lynne Murray, Ken Robinson, René Roussillon, Helen Taylor Robinson, and Kenneth Wright.


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