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Andrew Fitch and Danielle Pafunda

Post-Narcissist Poetics: Rewriting After Freud

Funded Projects, February 2014

WIHR Research Presentation: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Classroom 209

Abstract: Fitch & Pafunda reconstruct the collaborative solitude of analysts-in-training, reengineering fraught analyst/analysand gender dynamics, as they seek new inroads into Freud’s texts—literal inroads by reenacting Freud’s daily walks and long discussions, and conceptual inroads by writing daily responses to his texts and overinscribing each other's dreams. Thus, they reposition one of the twentieth century’s most contentious interpretive discourses as a site of twenty-first-century collaborative exchange. Fitch & Pafunda will walk the audience through their process and share work from the book-in-progress, as they reposition one of the twentieth century’s most contentious interpretive discourses as a site of twenty-first-century collaborative exchange.


Researcher(s): Andrew Fitch and Danielle Pafunda
Department(s): English

This book project (accessible to therapists, academics, and lay-readers) revisits Freudian texts, particularly those that contemporary critics casually dismiss. We argue that while such dismissals may attempt to discredit Freud’s authoritarian posturings, they often reenact analogous rhetorical strategies. Departing from these quasi-Oedipal rivalries, we model our own inquiry on an earlier, more fruitful era of Freudian psychology. Reconstructing the collaborative solitude of analysts-in-training, reengineering fraught analyst/analysand gender dynamics, we’ll seek new inroads into Freud’s texts—literal inroads by reenacting Freud’s daily walks and long discussions, and conceptual inroads by writing daily responses to his texts and each other’s. As did Freud’s circle, we’ll conduct our inquiry in a bucolic environment, temporarily removed from domestic and professional pressures, pursuing the uninterruptable time and space associated with classical humanist reflection/self-reflection. Thus, we’ll reposition one of the twentieth century’s most contentious interpretive discourses as a site of twenty-first-century collaborative exchange.


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