Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation

Author(s) : Vanessa Sinclair

Part of Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis series - more in this series

Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 234
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
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  • Catalogue No : 95378
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367567262
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367567
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Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art examines a strain of artists spanning more than a century, beginning at the dawn of photography and culminating in the discussion of contemporary artists, to illustrate various psychoanalytic concepts by examining artists working in a multitude of media.

Drawing on the theories of Sigmund Freud, who applied psychoanalytic methods to art and literature to decipher the meaning and intention of the creator, as well as Jacques Lacan's dissemination of scansion as a powerful disruption of narrative, the book explores examples of the long and rich relationship between psychoanalysis and the fine arts. Whilst guiding readers through the different artists and their artforms - from painting and music to poetry, collage, photography, film, performance art, technology and body modification - Sinclair interrogates scansion as a generative process often inherent of the act of creation itself.

This is an intriguing book for psychoanalysts, psychologists and creative arts therapists who wish to explore the generative potential of scansion and the relationship between psychoanalysis and the arts, as well as for artists and art historians interested in a psychoanalytic view of these processes.

About the Author(s)

Vanessa Sinclair, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst based in Stockholm. Dr Sinclair is the author of Switching Mirrors, editor of Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics and Poetry, and co-editor of On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives with Dr Manya Steinkoler.

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