Why are psychoanalysts fascinated with literature and other arts? And why do so many novels, plays, films, and television series feature therapy sessions?Transferencesinvestigates the interdisciplinary attraction between psychoanalysis and the arts by exploring the therapeutic relationship as a recurring figure in psychoanalytic discourse, literature, theater, and television. In addition to close readings of psychoanalytic and critical texts, the book presents a new approach to examining psychoanalytic themes and formal devices in texts like Philip Roth'sPortnoy's Complaint, J. M. Coetzee'sLife & Times of Michael K, Margaret Atwood'sAlias Grace, Peter Shaffer'sEquus, and the HBO seriesIn Treatment.Transferencesargues that psychoanalysts as well as writers and other artists are fascinated by the therapeutic relationship because it provides a unique site to negotiate the narrative and artistic underpinnings of psychoanalysis and reflect and reinvent the aesthetic and poetic potentiality of art.
About the Author
Maren Scheureris a Researcher and Lecturer in Comparative Literature and English Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She is executive co-editor, with Aimee Pozorski, ofPhilip Roth Studies.