January 15  

Motherhood According to T.S. Eliot

Text: T.S. Eliot ‘Ash Wednesday’; Julia Kristeva, ‘Giotto’s Joy’ and ‘Motherhood According to Giovanni Bellini’, in Desire in Language (Oxford: Blackwell, 1982, pp. 210-270).

Commentator: Matthew Geary, University of Birmingham

February 26 

Psychoanalytic Psychosomatics

Text: Marilla Aisenstein, ‘Psychosomatic Solution or Somatic Outcome: The Man from Burma’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis 74: 371-381; Catalina Bronstein, ‘On Psychosomatics: The Search for Meaning’ International journal of Psychoanalysis 92: 173-195.

Additional optional reading: D.W. Winnicott, ‘Mind and its Relation to Psyche-Soma (1949), Through Paediatrics to Psychoanalysis (London: 1975, pp.243-252).

Commentator: Neil Vickers, King’s College London

April 1  

Modernism, Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics

Text: Michael Balint, ‘Notes of the Dissolution of the Objects of Reproduction in Modern Art’; Roger Fry, ‘The Artist in Psychoanalysis’; James Strachey, ‘Some Unconscious Factors in Reading’; Pablo Picasso – selected images.

Commentators: Benjamin Poore and Helen Tyson, Queen Mary, University of London

May 27

The Life of Objects: What Objects Tell Us About Ourselves

Text: Darian Leader, Stealing the Madonna: What Art Stops Us From Seeing (London: Faber, 2002); Freud, ‘Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood’ (1910) SE 11, 57-137; Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa (c. 1503-6).

Commentator: Deborah Levy, Man Booker nominated author

June 10 

The Culture of Late Motherhood

Text: P. Young-Eisendrath, ‘The Female Person and How We Talk About her’ in Psychoanalytic Reflections on a Gender Free Case: Into the Void ed. G. Ainslee et. al. (Hove: East Sussex, 2013, pp. 177-193).

Commentator: Maryann Barone-Chapman, Analytical Psychologist and University of Cardiff


Previous Programmes


21 October

Text: Freud, ‘Psychoanalysis and Telepathy’ S.E. 18; Dreams and Telepathy’ S.E .18;
George Eliot, ‘The Lifted Veil’.

Commentator: Jan Campbell, University of Birmingham and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

18 November 

Text: D. W. Winnicott, ‘Dreaming, Fantasying and Living’ in Playing and Reality; Sally Mann, Last Light and The New Mothers.

Commentator: Lesley Caldwell, Psychoanalyst and University College London

9 December

Text: Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle S.E. 18, Chs 4 and 5; Jean Laplanche ‘Why the Death Drive?’ Chapter 6 of Life and Death in Psychoanalysis; Emily Dickinson, selected poems.

Commentator: Josh Cohen, Goldsmiths, University of London and Psychoanalyst


13 January 

Text: Freud: ‘Typical Dreams’ Section D, Chapter V of The Interpretation of Dreams; Jean Laplanche ‘Implantation, Intromission’, in Essays on Otherness; Shakespeare, Hamlet; Sophocles Oedipus Rex.

Commentator: John Fletcher, University of Warwick

3 February 

Text: Susanne Langer ‘The Symbol of Feeling’ in Feeling and Form: A Theory of Art; Kenneth Wright, Faces, Found Objects, Significant Form – selected photographs.

Commentator: Kenneth Wright, Psychoanalyst

16 March

Text: Christopher Bollas, Hysteria; Henry James, The Wings of the Dove.

Commentator: Nicola Diamond, University of East London and Psychoanalytic- Psychotherapist

1 June 

Text: Didier Anzieu, The Skin Ego pp. 71-87 and 109-111; Laurence of Arabia (dir. David Lean, 1962)

Commentator: Steve Pile, Open University

October 26 

Text: Marion Milner, The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men: Forty-Four Years of Exploring Psychoanalysis (London: Tavistock, 1987) Ch12 ‘1956: Psychoanalysis and Art’ (pp.192-215) and Ch 10 (excerpt) ‘1955: The Communication of Primary Sensual Experience’ (pp 114-137). Cultural text: art by William Blake and by Milner’s patients embedded in the text.

Commentator: Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago

November 9

Text: Freud, ‘Mourning and Melancholia’ (SE XIV); Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (1855), selected lyrics.

Commentator: Darian Leader, Psychoanalyst

December 7 

Text: Freud, ‘The Theme of the Three Caskets’ (SE XII); Erich Fromm, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (London: Pimlico, 1973) Chapter 12 ‘Malignant Aggression: Necrophilia’. Shakespeare, the Merchant of Venice

Commentator: Christian Smith, University of Warwick


January 25  

Text: Freud, ‘The Uncanny’ (SE XVII); Joseph Conrad, ‘The Secret Sharer’ (1910).

Commentator: Nicholas Royle, University of Sussex

February 22

Text: Christopher Bollas, The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known (London: Free Association, 1987) Chapter 8, ‘The Normotic Illness’.

Cultural Practice: money.

Commentators: Steve Cross, University of the Arts, and Liz Moor Goldsmiths, University of London

March 15

Text: Ella Sharpe, ‘Certain Aspects of Sublimation and Delusion’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis 11 (1930), 12-23; Isadora Duncan, ‘The Dance of the Future [1902] rpt in Sheldon Cheney (ed) Isadora Duncan: The Art of the Dance (New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1969); George Balanchine, Chaconne (Farrell/ Martin, 1976).

Commentator: Kirsty Hall, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

May 10

Text: D.W. Winnicott, ‘This Feminism’ and ‘The Pill and the Moon’ in Home is Where We Start From (Penguin: 1986); Oral History text: Juliet Mitchell, 1965 Psychoanalysis and Feminism (short film)

Commentator: Sally Alexander, Goldsmiths, University of London and Institute of Historical Research

28 June 

Text: Freud, ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working Through’ (1914 SE XII, 147-155; Sharon Kivland, Reproductions 1 & 2 – selected images.

Commentator: Sharon Kivland, Artist


February 28 

Text: Ian McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary (Yale UP: 2012), Chapter 2, ‘What do the Two Hemispheres Do?’

William Blake, Jerusalem, (the long poem, not the hymn in the Last Night of the Proms!), ‘Chapter 1’, Plates 1-25.

Commentator: Rod Tweedy, Editor,  Karnac Books

March 14

Text: D.W. Winnicott, ‘Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena’ International Journal of Psychoanalysis 34:2 (1953), 89-97; rept. In Playing and Reality (Tavistock/Routledge: 1971), 1-25.

Jane Rendall, ‘The setting and the Social Condensor: Transitional Objects in Architecture and Psychoanalysis’, in Adam Sharr (ed), Architecture as Cultural Artifact (Routledge: 2013), 135-148

Commentator: Jane Rendall, Bartlett School of Architecture

 May 2

Text: Leo Bersani, ‘Sociability and Cruising’ in Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays (University of Chicago Press: 2009). John Wieners and Frank O’Hara – selected poems.

Commentators: Barry SheilsIndependent Scholar, and Julie Walsh, University of Warwick.

May 30

Text: Melanie Klein, ‘Envy and Gratitude’ [1957] in Envy and Gratitude and Other Works, 1946-1963 (rpt. Vintage: 1997), 176-235, and Shakespeare: Othello.

Commentator: David Bell, Psychoanalyst and past President, British Psychoanalytical Society

June 13

Text: Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space {1958] trans. Maria Jolas, (Beacon Press: 1994), Chapter 1, ‘The House, From Cellar to Garret, the Significance of the Hut’ and Chapter 5, ‘Shells’.

Cultural Practice: Intimate space

Commentator: Isobel Armstrong, Birkbeck, University of London and FBA