Event: Pathography or Narrative Working Through? Interpreting the Autobiographical Self in Mental Illness Graphic Memoirs

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought presents…

Pathography or Narrative Working Through? Interpreting the Autobiographical Selfin Mental Illness Graphic Memoirs

Beth Ash, Professor of English
University of Cincinnati

Friday, February 15, 2019
6:30 p.m. Wine and cheese
7:00 p.m. Film and discussion
$5.00 Admission

This presentation addresses the visual and verbal properties of auto-ethno-graphic novels of mental illness—namely, of “serious” comics that provide an autobiographical account of illness and recovery through therapeutic intervention.

Interpreting the text as work of creative or literary non­fiction, and thereby placing far less emphasis on the illness and far more on self-experience in this kind of graphic memoir, allows for an understanding of the representation of the self as the multiform speaker of the memoir, a speaker who contextualizes—and processes—the illness within a narrative of self-construction and reconstruction.

Psychotherapy, which is central to this process, is incorporated in remarkable and innovative ways into how the speaker represents the self, and in turn, signifi­cantly shapes the dialogical relation between speaker and reader.

This event is $5.00 and will be held at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute: 3001 Highland Avenue, Suite C, Cincinnati, OH 45219

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