R. D. Laing: Conversations with Children

(613 words)
  • Daniel Burston (Duquesne University )
  • Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow)

Conversations with Children brings together fragments of conversation between Laing and his two children, Adam and Natasha, collected over seven years from 1970 to 1977. Occasionally, the conversations draw in Jutta, Laing's wife at the time, or friends of the children or their parents. There is no consistent theme that these vignettes illustrate, nor is any particular argument apparent in their arrangement (which is simply chronological). Instead, they demonstrate a variety of peculiarities in the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual lives of children.

Some of the dialogues are quite clearly supplied for their psychoanalytic interest. The dialogue of 18 November 1975 centres on Natasha and Adam's expressed …

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Burston, Daniel, Gavin Miller. "Conversations with Children". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 August 2005
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