Trauma and Mastery in Life and Art

Gilbert J. Rose, M.D.

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September 10, 1987
ISBN: 9780300038422

"[An] inquiry into the parallels and differences between creative and psychopathological responses to traumatic events."—Harvard Magazine








"In this provocative and scholarly book, the psychoanalyst Gilbert J. Rose explores the similarities and differences between psychoanalysis and art."—Andy Brumer, New York Times Book Review

"Rose approaches the subject of creativity with a refreshing enthusiasm and breadth of scope. . . . Rose's method of exploring his subject, his continuing examination alternately of the artist and the analysand, does provide a stimulating, thought-provoking journey well worth our pursuit."—Betsy Distler, Psychoanalytic Association of New York Bulletin

"A provocative book about the role of the arts in self-disclosure and self-mastery, an interesting neo-Freudian perspective on the way artists deal with trauma."—Choice

"Few analysts write with such scholarship and aesthetic sensitivity on the parallels of the two fields and their differences."—The Arts in Psychotherapy

"[An] interesting and far-ranging book. . . . Rose deserves praise for his sensitive efforts."—Stanley L. Olinick, m.d., Psychoanalytic Quarterly

"This brief summary belies the richness of Rose's clinical material and the multiple examples from the plastic arts and music as well as from literature. Although I expected to learn from this book, I was surprised and pleased to find the process so much fun."—William A. Frosch, m.d., American Journal of Psychiatry

"[Rose's] power of reanimation, his raconteurship, is a genuine gift and contributes in no small way to the quality of the book. . . . Such a gift enhances the pages both of literary and art criticism and of clinical case histories. . . . I believe it is a book which, through a series of compelling examples, seeks to raise good questions in the minds of its readers. And this is a task it accomplishes with skill and grace. . . . It surely deserves to be welcomed as a genuine contribution to the ongoing dialogue between art and psychoanalysis."—Ellen Handler Spitz, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

"One does not have to agree with all of Rose's ideas to appreciate the excellence and rare quality of his work. . . . A magnificent opportunity to enrich one's appreciation of life, work, and art. His book must be read several times, studied, and savored if one is to appreciate the multi-layered view of analysis and art that Rose offers."—Roman N. Anshin, Psychoanalytic Academy Forum

"What is most admirable about Trauma and Mastery in Life and Art is its scope, which ranges across literature, music, and the visual arts."—Gene Zeiger, Georgia Review

"Only a masterful writer, theoretician, and clinician could weave an inspiring treatise for both professional and lay readers. Rose is just such a writer. . . . This volume is one of those rare books to read and reread throughout one's professional life. . . . Urbane, trenchant. . . . [Its] humanitarian tone is solidly anchored in theory and with technical caveats, thereby augmenting the pedagogic power of the book. . . . Each reader will identify favorite chapters. The author's explication of multiple personality disorder (Chapter 4) is a tour de force of clinical writing and acumen, providing a richer understanding of this disorder than is available in much longer publications."—Kathryn J. Zerbe, Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic  

"[The author's] poignant and often eloquent treatise should be of interest to artists and clinicians alike, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the psychoanalytic view of the art making process."—E. Carberry Neal, American Journal of Art Therapy

"In this far-reaching study Dr Rose explores the parallels and differences between creative and psychopathological responses to traumatic events. . . . Rose's juxtapositions are illuminating:  we wonder . . . at how possessed by conflicted fantasy the artist seems to be, how driven to communicate a version of that fantasy in order to keep at bay more destructive forces. Rose wanted his book to evoke more questions, and it does."—Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick-Hanly, International Review of Psycho-Analysis