The Tiger Skin on the Bannister (and Other Stories): Internal Dialogues and Parallel Autobiographical Process in a Reading of Wilfred Bion’s The Long Weekend, 1897–1919: Part of a Life

Smith, Tim (2022) The Tiger Skin on the Bannister (and Other Stories): Internal Dialogues and Parallel Autobiographical Process in a Reading of Wilfred Bion’s The Long Weekend, 1897–1919: Part of a Life. Life Writing . ISSN Print ISSN: 1448-4528 ; Online ISSN: 1751-2964

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Abstract

This essay presents excerpts from a reading of the section ‘England’ in Wilfred Bion’s autobiography The Long Weekend, 1897–1919: Part of a Life. Findings are now presented alongside a series of the reader’s own memories that were evoked, at varied speeds, both during and after the reading process. Drawing on the fields of infant observation and child psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the essay demonstrates how exercising an observational stance to the reader's own subjective material and subsequent, reflexive internal dialogues contributed to penetrating layers of meaning of the book. Furthermore, it aims to show how a reading of an autobiography unexpectedly enabled a powerful, parallel creative process within the reader.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wilfred Bion, Autobiography, Childhood Neglect, Adolescence, Infant Observation, Memory
Subjects: Schools of Psychology > Bion, Wilfred
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents- Psychology
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Care
Emotions, Affective Psychology > Memory
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2673

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