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(p. 3) Introduction to Volume 11 

(p. 3) Introduction to Volume 11
(p. 3) Introduction to Volume 11

Steven Groarke

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date: 26 October 2020

The Introduction to Volume 11 of The Collected Works covers The Piggle (1971) and Human Nature (1988), both of which were unfinished at the time of Winnicott’s death and published posthumously. The author elaborates on the professional and personal background to Winnicott’s thinking, with particular reference to the centrality of medicine (paediatrics, child psychiatry) and the psychosomatic context of his psychoanalytic thought. Winnicott’s ideas about deprivation, defiance, and ‘the moment of hope’ are presented as among his most original achievements. Furthermore, his acknowledged debt to Margaret Little is set against the background of developments in the theory of clinical technique. Finally, the author appraises Human Nature in terms of life as the absolute datum for Winnicott. He proposes that the final part of Human Nature comprises the centre of Winnicott’s achievement, and is coextensive with the range of his deepest sympathies in the late works.

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