‘ONCE HE WAS A POET: PSYCHOANALYSIS AS POETRY IN LACAN’S CLINICAL PARADIGM’ at Essex University

OPEN SEMINAR (COLCHESTER CAMPUS)
ONCE HE WAS A POET: PSYCHOANALYSIS AS POETRY IN LACAN’S CLINICAL PARADIGM’
Professor Dany Nobus, Brunel University London

To talk about psychoanalysis as poetry is risky; it might even be considered inappropriate, reckless and outright dangerous. Nonetheless, I intend to argue that psychoanalytic knowledge should embrace the richly evocative playfulness of the ars poetica, which celebrates the polyphonic musicality of language whilst simultaneously adhering to specific formal structures and metrical patterns, in order to stay attuned to the uniquely human subjective truth from which it derives its raison d’être. In my paper, I will develop the argument of ‘psychoanalysis as poetry’ along three distinct lines: the end of analysis, the status of psychoanalytic knowledge, and the position of the analyst.

The speaker

Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at Brunel University London, where he also convenes the MA Programme in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society. In addition, he is the Chair of the Freud Museum London, and the author of numerous publications on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis.

Date: Wednesday 4 May 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6:30PM
Venue: Room 4SB.5.3

All welcome