THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS PRESENTS
GHOSTED AND ANCESTRAL SELVES: READING HAMLET THROUGH LOEWALD AND WINNICOTT
SPEAKER: Gavriel Reisner, Ph.D.
DISCUSSANT: Murray M. Schwartz, Ph.D.
MODERATOR: Alan Roland, Ph.D.
The paper explores Hamlet through a psychoanalytic lens created by combining Loewald and Winnicott. Loewald famously writes about “ghosts and ancestors,” comparing the father who closes us into the past to the father who releases us into the present. The murdered father-King in Hamlet returns as Loewald’s ghost-father. Hamlet’s compliance with the ghost’s revenge-plot makes a ghost out of himself. Loewald also writes about the “ancestor,” the father or authority-figure who allows us to build the ego, the “I,” as an internalization of a father now seen separately and allowing us to enter into a “core” of our own independent being. This can be seen as an “ancestral self.” Shakespeare and Winnicott together show how one gets from the ghost to the ancestor. We do it through the use of an object. The object that we have to recognize as part of an outer reality also makes the self more real. As Hamlet discovers his true father’s ancestral signet-ring, confronts death, grieves for Ophelia with belated love, reunites with the father-jester, Yorick, and especially, establishes a self-and-object recognizing friendship with Horatio, he becomes separate and creative in a recognition of reality.
BIO: Gavriel Reisner (Ben-Ephraim) became a candidate at the NPAP following an academic career in Israel combining English literature with interdisciplinary studies. He has written on D. H. Lawrence, Shakespeare, Romanticism, Kafka, the Brontes, Keats’ negative capability, the Freudian death-drive, mourning in Proust and Walter Benjamin, and the feminine uncanny in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. His book, The Death-Ego and the Vital Self: Romances of Desire in Literature and Psychoanalysis (2003) is available in the NPAP library. This presentation is part of a full-length work-in-progress entitled “Ghosts, Ancestors and the Achievement of Being in Narrative.”
BIO: Murray M. Schwartz is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Psychoanalysis at Emerson College, a Scholar Member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Coordinator Of BPSI’s Center for Multidisciplinary Psychoanalytic Studies (COMPASS). For the past half-century he has taught and written about Shakespeare, psychoanalytic theory and the Holocaust. His publications include Representing Shakespeare: New Psychoanalytic Essays (1960) with Coppelia Kahn; Psychoanalysis, Literature, Aging (1984) with Kathleen Woodward; The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus (2011) with Peggy Schwartz, and many essays.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 8 P. M.
NATIONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS
40 WEST 13 STREET. BUZZER # 216 (BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH AVENUES)
Refreshments Following the Meeting
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Program Committee: George Hagman, Montana Katz, Jane Kupersmidt, Susana Martinez, Jerold Nashban, Catherine Silver, Gavriel Reisner, MITO, Alan Roland, Chair
National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis
The Continuing Education Committee
Visiting Scholar Sheldon Bach
Case Presentation by Amanda George
Into the Woods: One Case, Many Paths
Sunday, June 7, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 pm
at NPAP, 40 West 13 Street*
Sheldon Bach, renowned psychoanalyst, will respond to the case presentation. He has a lifetime of achievement remarkable for its depth, subtle listening, wide-ranging intelligence, scholarship, and teaching. For Bach, listening requires a unique kind of analytic attunement. “In this sense we might say that certain patients have never constructed a world at all… or lost meaning of their worlds…. One function of the analyst is to help them construct or refind that world in which their version of reality makes sense. One of our principal tasks is to become the kind of listener who can give meaning to the world that the patient is trying to construct" (Bach, Language of Perversion, 1994).
Please join us for an evening in which we celebrate psychoanalytic listening!
Sheldon Bach, PhD, is a member of IPTAR, NY Freudian, NYU Post-Doctoral Program, IPA; author of Narcissistic States and the Therapeutic Process, The Language of Perversion and the Language of Love, and many other writings. He is in private practice in New York, NY.
Amanda George, LP, is an NPAP member, training analyst, member of the Ethics Committee, and associate editor of News and Reviews.
Open to NPAP members and candidates,
and the general psychoanalytic community.
*Handicap accessible facility
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Alice Entin (Chair), Murray Gelman, Judy Ann Kaplan, Edith Laufer, Loveleen Posmentier, Judith Rappaport, Penny Rosen, Claire Steinberger, Hanna Turken