The Birth of a Political Self: The Jean-Max Gaudilliere Seminars 2001-2014

Author(s) : Jean-Max Gaudillière, Editor : Francoise Davoine

The Birth of a Political Self: The Jean-Max Gaudilliere Seminars 2001-2014

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 95277
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367523343
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367523
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This book provides a psychoanalytic reading of works of literature, enhancing the illuminating effect of both fields.

The second of two volumes, The Birth of a Political Self: The Jean-Max Gaudilliere Seminars 2001-2014 contains seven of the "Madness and the Social Link" seminars given by psychoanalyst Jean-Max Gaudilliere at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris between 2001 and 2014, transcribed by Francoise Davoine from her notes. Each year, the seminar was dedicated to an author who explored madness in their depiction of the catastrophes of history. Surprising the reader at every turn, the seminars speak of the close intertwining of personal lives and catastrophic historical events, and of the possibility of repairing injury to the psyche, the mind and the body in their wake.

These volumes expose the usefulness of literature as a tool for healing, for all those working in therapeutic fields, and will allow lovers of literature to discover a way of reading that gives access to more subtle perspectives and unsuspected interrelations.

About the Author(s)

Jean-Max Gaudilliere studied classical literature at the Ecole normale superieure (ENS) in Paris before becoming a psychoanalyst. He was a professor at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS) and was a member of the Center for the Study of Social Movements (CSSM), founded by Alain Touraine, research director at the EHESS. In the weekly seminar called "Madness and the Social Link," held for forty years at the EHESS, Gaudilliere combined his clinical work with the exploration of literary works dealing with the madness of war. The focus of his clinical work was the impact of historical catastrophes on personal lives. He is the co-author of two books written with Francoise Davoine: History Beyond Trauma and A Word to the Wise.

Françoise Davoine obtained an Agregation in classics (French literature, Latin and Greek) in 1966, followed by a doctorate in sociology in 1981, before becoming a psychoanalyst. She worked for thirty years as a psychoanalyst in public psychiatric hospitals in France, and as an external consultant and is currently in private practice. She was a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Movements, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where she and Jean-Max Gaudillière conducted a weekly seminar on 'Madness and the Social Link'. She has also made numerous presentations at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts (USA), as well as elsewhere in the US, in England, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Switzerland. Dr Davoine is the author of many articles and books, including La Folie Wittgenstein, Mother Folly, and History Beyond Trauma (with Jean Max Gaudillière).

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