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Psychoanalysis and Literature: The Stories We Live
Charles, Marilyn
Rowman & Littlefield / Hardcover / 2015-04-01 / 1442231831
Psychoanalysis & Literature
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Psychoanalysis offers many concepts that are extremely useful clinically but not always accessible in the original. Marilyn Charles is noted for her efforts to translate these dense psychoanalytic terms into language that is both accessible and clinically relevant. In The Stories We Live: Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Life, she pairs case vignettes with examples from literature to highlight the essential human struggles that play out in the consulting room. This pairing depathologizes those struggles and offers a conceptual framework that can help the clinician facilitate these journeys of discovery. Describing first how literature affords an opportunity for vicarious engagement with struggles endemic to the human condition, she then focuses on trauma, dreams, cultural collisions, and then turns more explicitly to the developmental challenges of identity, relatedness, aging, and generativity.

Contents:

Part I: LITERATURE, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND SENSORY EXPERIENCE
Introduction
Epiphany: The Poet’s Art, The Analyst’s Instrument: Formal Structure as a Vehicle for the Expression of Primary Experience: To the Lighthouse
The Waves: Tensions between Creativity and Containment in the Life and Writings of Virginia Woolf

Part II: TRAUMA
Falling Man: Encounters with Catastrophic Change
Telling Trauma: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Part III: DREAMS
The Book of Intimate Grammar: Transgenerational Trauma
Dreamscapes: Rectangular Spaces in Memoirs of a Survivor and in Dreams
Pictures at an Exhibition: Reparation and Redemption, Nightmare and Memory

Part IV: CULTURAL COLLISIONS
Collisions Between Conscious and Unconscious; East and West; Enigma and Transparency: Kafka on the Shore
Cultural Chasms: Catastrophic Change and the Excluded Other: Mulberry and Peach

Part V: THE HERO’S QUEST: IDENTITY AND RELATEDNESS
The Labyrinth, Part I: The Magus
Journeys into the Labyrinth, Part II: Through the Unknown, Remembered Gate: The Glass Bead Game
Standing Outside the Gates: Pierre, or the Ambiguities
Identity Derailed: The Echo Maker

Part VI: RELATEDNESS, AGING, AND GENERATIVITY
Identity, Community, and Object Choice, Part I: Mrs. Dalloway and Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing
Identity, Community, and Object Choice, Part II: Possession
16. Aging and Death: The Map and the Territory, The Sense of an Ending, and All Passion

About the Author:

Marilyn Charles is staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center and psychoanalyst in private practice in Stockbridge, MA.

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