Classic Papers Revisited: Mourning / Meaning and Melancholia

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought presents…

Classic Papers Revisited
Reading Group Discussion

“Mourning and Melancholia” – Sigmund Freud, 1917
Meaning and Melancholia (excerpts) – Christopher Bollas, 2018

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:30 a.m. – noon
The Public Library – Clifton Branch

We invite you to participate in a discussion of Freud’s classic essay on our conscious and unconscious responses to grief and loss. Then, our discussion will move to excerpts from Christopher Bollas’ recent book, which revisits Freud’s ideas, expanding and applying them to our contemporary political and social climate.

Discussion facilitated by:

Beth Ash
Professor of English, University of Cincinnati

Norman Hirsch
Psychiatrist in Private Practice

This reading group discussion is free and open to the public.

We will meet at the Clifton Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: 3400 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

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3 Replies to “Classic Papers Revisited: Mourning / Meaning and Melancholia”

  1. I apologize for not distributing this before our face-to-face meeting today, but Robert Bryan shared a link to a 53-minute audio interview with Christopher Bollas about his book that many of us may be interested in:

    A number of other books/essays were mentioned today, which you may want to explore as further reading:

    Bollas, Christopher. The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known. NY, NY: Columbia UP, 1987.

    Kernberg, Otto. “Some Observations on the Process of Mourning.” The International Journal of Psychoanalysis 91, no. 3 (2010). 601-619.

    Kernberg, Otto. “‘Mourning and Melancholia’ Eighty Years Later.” In Changing Ideas in a Changing World: The Revolution in Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honour of Arnold Cooper, edited by Joseph Sandler, Robert Michels, and Peter Fonagy, 95-102. London, UK: Karnac Books, 2000.

    Ogden, Thomas. “A New Reading of the Origins of Object-Relations Theory.” The International Journal of Psychoanalysis 83, no. 4 (2002). 767-782.

  2. One more link I wanted to share with you…

    Diane mentioned the Wave Pool Gallery in Camp Washington in our discussion today. A few summers ago, I attended several screenings there as part of a Posthumanism film series, curated by Kim Paice, Professor of Art History at UC, and was impressed with the venue and its mission.

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