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Mary Lynne Ellis publications

A list of publications by Mary Lynne Ellis


  • Time in Practice; Analytical Perspectives on the Times of our Lives. London: Karnac Books (now Routledge), 2008
  • Questioning Identities; Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Practice (co-authored with Noreen O’Connor). London: Karnac Books (now Routledge), 2010

Chapters and Articles

  • Ellis, M. L.  Mourning’s dissonance; who am I who mourns and whom do I mourn? Psychodynamic Practice, Volume 24, 2018 - Issue 1.London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 6 - 20 
  • Abstract  Mourning’s dissonance; who am I who mourns and whom do I mourn? Mary Lynne Ellis

    In this article I explore how a relational psychoanalytic and phenomenological perspective can open out new possibilities for interpretations of experiences of bereavement. I critically discuss Freud’s acclaimed paper, ‘Mourning and melancholia’ in the light of work by philosophers Merleau-Ponty (a phenomenologist) and Judith Butler (a contemporary post-modern feminist philosopher). I reflect on how questions of identity, language, and embodiment, crucial themes in Merleau-Ponty’s and Butler’s theorising of human subjectivities, emerge in two literary/autobiographical accounts of mourning: Nora Webster, by the contemporary Irish writer, Colm Tóibín, and Mourning Diary by the French philosopher, Roland Barthes.)Through my discussion of these philosophical and literary texts I argue for a psychoanalytic perspective which is attuned to the conscious and unconscious subtleties and complexities of mourning and engages with the ways in which the identities of the mourner and the mourned and the relations between them are, for the mourner, constantly in flux. I emphasize the importance of attending in the psychoanalytic relationship to the specificity and uniqueness of individuals’ languages of mourning and to the effects on experiences of bereavement of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, and physical ability within particular socio-historical and cultural contexts.
  • Mourning’s dissonance; who am I who mourns and whom do I mourn? Psychodynamic Practice. London: Taylor and Francis (Routledge), (online) 11th January, 2018.

  • Languages of trauma; towards a phenomenological response. Psychodynamic Practice, Vol. 20, No. 4. London: Taylor and Francis (Routledge), 2014.

  • Dynamic identities: time and recognition. PRAXIS. Journal of Psychology, Año 15, Nº 23, I Sem. Santiago, Chile: Faculty of Psychology, UDP, 2013.
  • Places lived in time. Chrono-topologies. Hybrid Spatialities and Multiple Temporalities, Ed. Kavanaugh, L. Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi, 2010.
  • Images of sexualities: language and embodiment in art therapy. International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape, Vol. 12, No. 2. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis (Routledge), 2007.
  • Who speaks? Who listens? Different voices and different sexualities. Gender, Countertransference and the Erotic Transference. Ed. Schaverien, J. London: Routledge, 2006.
  • Sexual languages/cultural bodies: Transforming psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic Practice, Vol. 11, No. 4. London: Routledge, 2005.
  • Clinical commentary. British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.17, No 2. London: Artesian Books, 2000.
  • Shifting the ego towards a body subject. Who am I? The Ego and the Self in Psychoanalysis. Ed. Seu, B. London: Rebus Press, 2000.
  • Challenging Socarides: new psychoanalytic responses. Feminism and Psychology. London: Sage, 1997.
  • Lesbians, gay men and psychoanalytic training. Free Associations. Vol. 4. Pt 4. No. 32. London: Free Association Books, 1994.
  • Women: the mirage of the perfect image. The Arts in Psychotherapy, Volume 16, Issue 4. The Netherlands: Elsevier, Winter 1989.
  • Painting their way out of the blues (with O. Otway), Community Care, London,1987.

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