A collection of papers focusing on the Kleinian conception of the Oedipus complex, how this is now understood, and what effect it has had on clinical practice. The papers by the authors which form the greater part of The Oedipus Complex Today were originally given at the Melanie Klein Conference on the Oedipus Complex in September 1987 at University College, London. The conference, jointly organized by Professor J. Sandler of the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College and Mrs. Ruth Riesenberg-Malcolm on behalf of the Melanie Klein Trust, was considered such a successful statement of modern Kleinian views on the subject that the Trust has decided to present the papers in book form, together with an expanded version of the introduction by Dr Hanna Segal, and also a reprint of Melanie Klein's 1945 paper 'The Oedipus Complex in the Light of Early Anxieties'.The three papers, writes Dr Segal, 'are based on central concepts first put forward by Mrs Klein.

chapter |10 pages


ByHanna Segal

chapter One|72 pages

The Oedipus complex in the light of early anxieties (1945)

ByMelanie Klein

chapter Two|20 pages

The missing link: parental sexuality in the Oedipus complex

ByRonald Britton

chapter Four|22 pages

The Invisible Oedipus Complex

ByEdna O’Shaughnessy