Beauty & The Beast
Romance in the classics of literature and cinema throughout Western culture, provide a window into the historical development of narcissism, and our clinical understanding of its drive to appropriate the love object and its negation of intimacy.
Utilizing his book, Eros and the Shattering Gaze—Transcending Narcissism as a resource guide throughout the discussion series, Kenneth has gathered together the ‘tragic tales of love’ spanning over two thousand years, that he combines with psychoanalytic commentary from diverse theoretical traditions.
- The “Myth of Narcissus and Echo”
- The Arthurian tale of fatal love, “Lancelot and the Lady of Shallot”
- Emily Brontë’s romance, Wuthering Heights
- The Gothic horror tale – Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- The contemporary film, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
The seminar will be discussion oriented, (not lecture). Film excerpts supplement the discussions. Links to commonly known translations or summaries of these classic tales will be provided for all the participants to read and familiarize themselves with prior to each meeting. For a deeper exploration of the literature and its psychoanalytic relevance, Kenneth’s book is recommended as a companion to the seminar and will be available for purchase at reduced cost.
The seminar will be useful for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and couples therapists who wish to deepen their understanding of the psychoanalytic, cultural and historical currents underlying the psychology of the narcissistic pair.