Reading Lists

The Work of Dana Birksted-Breen

For the very first in our series of International Journal of Psychoanalysis Reading Lists, we honour the life and work of Dana Birksted-Breen, Editor-in-Chief of the IJP (2007 – 2022), who sadly passed away June 1st, 2024.

While firmly within the British psychoanalytic tradition, Birksted-Breen did not align herself with any one group, instead ranging across theories that stimulated her thinking and contributed to her particular lines of enquiry.

The selection included in the Reading List covers themes of temporality, corporality and sexuality, along with her reflections on the legacy of the IJP on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, and the process of writing psychoanalytically itself.

All the papers included in the list are free-to-access (via PEP-Web), and have been selected from the International Journal of Psychoanalysis archives, spanning a period of more than 30 years, between 1989 – 2020.