Talks On Psychoanalysis

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April 7, 2021  

Dominique Scarfone - The Time Before Us.

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Freud and Winnicott have expressed the opinion that if their psychoanalytic ideas are correct, then poets and writers will have thought of them first. Dominique Scarfone, who has developed the concept of “actual time” on metapsychological grounds, concurs with their opinion by showing that variants of “actual time” can be found in the works of the American poet W. S. Merwin, the British writer Virginia Woolf, and the German philosopher Walter Benjamin. Their poetry, literary prose, and philosophy, respectively, are shown to resonate with the time dimension of the psychoanalytic process.

Dominique Scarfone, M.D., is a training and supervising analyst in the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (Montreal French Branches) in the process of retiring from his practice of more than 40 years. A former full professor at the Université de Montréal, he was for many years an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He is presently chairing the Executive committee of the International Journal’s College. 

The author of  numerous journal articles and book chapters, he published  a number books, among which Laplanche: An introduction and The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, both published in 2015 in New York by UIT-The Unconscious in Translation. He co-edited with Howard B. Levine and Gail Reed. Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning (Karnac, 2013). A new book is in preparation : The Reality of the Message. Seduction, trauma and transference. (provisional title) to be published by UIT.

Link to the text https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rT7NYmsJ78Lru4-I4lR1_SOyzevC9SGr/view?usp=sharing

 

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March 13, 2021  

Michael Parsons - Psychoanalysis and Art.

Michael Parsons is a Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the French Psychoanalytic Association. After a degree in classical literature, ancient history and philosophy, he became a doctor and specialised in psychiatry. He trained as an analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London, and worked for thirty years in full-time private analytic practice. He has a particular interest in connections between psychoanalysis and other fields such as art, literature and religion.

He is the author of two books: The Dove that Returns, The Dove that Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2000) and Living Psychoanalysis: From Theory to Experience (Routledge, 2014). He is also co-editor of the collected papers of Enid Balint under the title Before I was I: Psychoanalysis and the Imagination. (Free Association, 1993).

His podcast is about the relation between psychoanalysis and the visual arts, literature and music. It draws on his two books, quoting passages from them, and develops some further ideas relating to this theme.

Link to the paper https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mxt6vyNXnHtk2gyWd694f_8w9mr1R9g1/view?usp=sharing

 

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