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Professor Janet Sayers

Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology

Professor Janet Sayers


General research interests

The focus of my research is on psychoanalysis, gender, art, and mental health.

Current research projects

My current research arises out of my recently published book, Art, Psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokes: A Biography (Karnac Books, 2015). This includes work for several papers, including 'Carving aesthetics: Barbara Hepworth, Adrian Stokes, and psychoanalysis' and 'Chaos contained: Art, psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokes'.

Past research has resulted in the following books:

  • Psychoanalysing Art: The Story of Adrian Stokes (2015)
  • Freud's Art: Psychoanalysis Retold (2007)
  • Divine Therapy: Love, Mysticism and Psychoanalysis (2003)
  • Kleinians: Psychoanalysis Inside Out (2000)
  • Boy Crazy: Remembering Adolescence (1998)
  • Freudian Tales (1997)
  • Mothering Psychoanalysis (1991)
  • Sexual Contradictions (1986)
  • Biological Politics (1982)

Recent Publications

  • Review of Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein by J. Launer. Times Higher Education, 2015, 12 February, p.53.
  • Review of Creatures of a Day by Irvin Yalom, Times Higher Education, 2015, 2 April, p.55.
  • Review of Art and Analysis by Meg Harris Williams, British Journal of Psychotherapy, 2015, 31(2, May):275-278.
  • Review of The Worm at the Core by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszcynski, Times Higher Education, 2015, 23 July, p.48.
  • Adrian Stokes and the portrait of Melanie Klein. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 2015, 96:1013–1024.
  • Review of Marion Milner: The Life by E. Letley. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2014, 95:803-7.
  • Unconscious. In T. Teo (ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer, 2014, pp.2025-30.
  • Melanie Klein’s autobiography. Psychoanalysis and History, 2013,15(2):127–163 .
  • 'Dear Stokes': Letters from Melanie Klein about writing, painting and psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis and History, 2012, 14(1):111-32.

Please see my CV.



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