WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
PHILIP ROTH’S PERSONAE: MISE EN ABYME, HYSTERICAL GHOST AND ANGRY ACT
In “Creative Writers and Day-dreaming” (1908), Freud writes that day-dreamers don’t like to talk about their fantasies, because they often feel ashamed of them. But creative writers find ways to communicate their fantasies to readers, choosing unique techniques Freud calls “the writer’s very own and personal secret”. Literary theory inspired by psychoanalysis gives us tools to discover these personal secrets, not by trying to analyze the writer himself, but by looking for recurrent motives, images and shapes that are at the very core of his écriture. In my lecture I will try to show how this works in Philip Roth’s novels about his alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, by stressing one particular literary figure called mise en abyme, which also plays a role in the writer’s personal life.
Solange Leibovici, PhD, Presenter
is Professor Emerita at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, an honorary member of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of PsyArt (psyart.org). She has written many articles and chapters related to psychoanalysis, cinema, literature and autobiography.
Stephanie Brody, PsyD, Discussant
is an Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School, and Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital and is on the Faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her book, Entering Night Country: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Loss and Resilience was published by Routledge in 2016. She is in private practice in Lexington, MA.
Murray M. Schwartz, PhD, Moderator
is Professor Emeritus at Emerson College and Coordinator of BPSI’s Center for Multi-disciplinary Psychoanalytic Studies (COMPASS).
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