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I am pleased to present Nathan Szajnberg’s Ticho Memorial Lecture given at the American Psychoanalytic Meeting on June 15, 2012 in Chicago. This is the first post of a four-part series of posts of Dr. Szajnberg’s lecture.
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Mimesis of Inner Lives in Western Literature: How We Got Our Ideas About Inner Life.
Ticho Memorial Lecture Chicago, Am. Psychoanalytic Association June 2012
N. Szajnberg, MD
Part I: Bible and Homer: on Character; on Parenthood.
This paper’s idea first rose with Saul Bellow in 1970. He promised, in our seminar on Joyce’s Ulysses, that the only book of literary criticism I would ever have to read is Auerbach’s Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Several decades later, to design a course for the Hebrew University, I used this grand text as a loom with which I wove the literary and aesthetics threads of our psychoanalytic fabric: concepts of person, parent-child relatedness, intimacy, development, journey as soul-cure, with a guide for this treacherous journey. Just as Freud turned to an Antique Greek myth to understand a Victorian state of mind; just as Ticho articulated contributions of German thinking to Freud’s ideas; or, Makari uncovered three nineteenth Century strands that Freud wove together into a new view of the psyche; just as Bettelheim explored linguistic contributions to concepts of psyche and eros (Freud and Man’s Soul), so, I will cull selections of Western literature# to examine how and when certain concepts developed, and crystallized into how we think about inner life. (more…)