Losing Your Head: Abjection, Aesthetic Conflict, And Psychoanalytic Criticism by Giuseppe CivitareseLosing Your Head: Abjection, Aesthetic Conflict, And Psychoanalytic Criticism by Giuseppe Civitarese

Losing Your Head: Abjection, Aesthetic Conflict, And Psychoanalytic Criticism

byGiuseppe CivitareseContribution bySara Boffito, Francesco Capello

Hardcover | February 10, 2015

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Losing Your Head: Abjection, Aesthetic Conflict, and Psychoanalytic Criticism looks at the subject of beheading in art as a trope of the destruction of the mind. This book discusses both psychoanalytic theory and art criticism. It addresses critics, readers, and spectators interested in the keys of interpretation that psychoanalysis can offer, and analysts who are curious to know if artists can help them refine the tools they use every day. It asks whether artists have something to say about the concepts of reverie and negative reverie or about change as aesthetic transformation, and about aesthetic experience as a paradigm of what is most true and most profound in analysis. Why write about beheading? Many art galleries feature paintings of heroines performing this cruel act: Delilah, Salome, Judith, Yael, and others. At the antithesis to this, there is another theme to be found in painting that consistently garners attention: namely, the so-called "Sacred Conversation," in which the Madonna holds a small child in her lap and their gazes cross. The first scene depicts how a mind is destroyed, the second how it is born. Losing Your Head analyzes well-known artwork from classical literature, cinema, and contemporary art to enhance psychoanalytic understanding.
Giuseppe Civitarese, PhD, is a psychiatrist and training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), both affiliated with the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA).
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Title:Losing Your Head: Abjection, Aesthetic Conflict, And Psychoanalytic CriticismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:134 pages, 9.39 × 6.47 × 0.6 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442239484

ISBN - 13:9781442239487

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Towards a (New) Psychoanalytic Criticism Giuseppe Civitarese, Sara Boffito and Francesco CapelloChapter 2 Aesthetic Conflict and Abjection in Boccaccio's (L)IsabettaChapter 3 Changing Styles, Affective Continuities and Psychic Containers: Corrado Govoni's Early Poetry Francesco Capello and Giuseppe CivitareseChapter 4 Do Cyborgs Dream? Post-human Landscapes in Shinya Tsukamoto's Nightmare DetectiveChapter 5 The Dream Screen and the Birth of the Psyche in Ingmar Bergman's PersonaChapter 6 What's Going to Happen to Us Without Barbarians? Guilt and Paranoia in Michael Haneke's Hidden Chapter 7 Joseph Losey's The Servant, the Shattered LifeChapter 8 The Last Riot and the Déjà Vu Decapitations of the AES+F GroupReferencesAbout the Author

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Civitarese's extensive clinical experience and knowledge of Freud, Klein, Meltzer, Kristeva, and especially Bion, is here deployed in analyses of the art object, film, installation, and poetry to illuminate the nature of aesthetic experience and its fundamental place in the space and relationships of the analytic encounter.