Wednesday Sep 23, 2020

Gohar Homayounpour - Tell Me A Story: Shahrzad “in analysis” in contemporary Persia.

In this episode we will dive with Gohar Homayounpour into the tales of One Thousand and One Nights to bring a new articulation to the female Oedipus complex in contemporary Persia, allowing for the emergence of new possibilities of loving. Through a psychoanalytic textual analysis of the Nights, the author uncovers various archetypes of women that have been extinct from a more mainstream discourse, not only in Iran. The archetypes of Persian women populating Shahrazad’s tales night after night have been lost as sources of female identifications. The paper sets out to tell a story, and within it wishes to re-find a whole and integrated Shahrazad as an object of female identifications.

Gohar Homayounpour is an author and psychoanalyst and member of  the International Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is the Training and Supervising psychoanalyst of the Freudian Group of Tehran, where she is also founder and former director. She has published various psychoanalytic articles and her book, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, published by MIT Press in August 2012, won the Gradiva award and has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Turkish.

Link to the paper

Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, MIT Press.

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