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Freud in OzAt the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature$
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Kenneth B. Kidd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675821

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675821.001.0001

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Child Analysis, Play, and the Golden Age of Pooh

Child Analysis, Play, and the Golden Age of Pooh

(p.35) 2. Child Analysis, Play, and the Golden Age of Pooh
Freud in Oz

Kenneth B. Kidd

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter proposes that the subdiscipline of child psychoanalysis, or child analysis, brought psychoanalytic attention to other narrative forms associated with or produced by children, involving child-adult play and collaborative storytelling. Child analysis helped textualize childhood, such that children’s play-work became just as legitimate an object of inquiry as children themselves. At the same time, the practice of child analysis mirrored the practice of writing children’s books, most notably in the case of A. A. Milne’s Pooh stories. The chapter then explores Poohology concerning the transformation of child analysis, which involved both object relations theory and ego psychology.

Keywords:   child analysis, child-adult play, collaborative storytelling, play-work, A. A. Milne, Pooh, Poohology, object relations theory, ego psychology

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