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Poussin’s Narcissus: Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Inquiry

September 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A talk by Adele Tutter with a response by Marcus Coelen.

This talk will be offered in person for CU Affiliates-only in the Common Room of the Heyman Center.
Non-affiliates may attend virtually, registration is required. 

Psychoanalytic theory is often applied to the understanding of the arts. In this presentation, Adele Tutter demonstrates that art can enrich and extend psychoanalytic theory. The Baroque Master, Nicolas Poussin, painted at least four canvases on the theme of Narcissus, which reflect the artist’s deepening interpretation of his textual sources—mainly, Ovid’s narration of the Theban myths in the Metamorphoses—that ultimately supports a radical reappraisal of the role of this myth in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Suggested readings:

Tutter, A. (2016). Resurrecting Oedipus: Poussin’s Birth of Bacchus. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 33: Special Issue: Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, pp. S34-S55/ http://psycnet. apa.org/journals/pap/33/S1/S34/

Tutter, A. (2014). Under the mirror of the sleeping water: Poussin’s Narcissus. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 95, pp. 1235-1264.

Adele Tutter, M.D., Ph.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Co-director, the Psychoanalytic Studies Program of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; and faculty, the Center for Psychoanalytic Research and Training, Columbia University. She is also faculty, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is the author of Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House (University of Virginia Press); coeditor, with Léon Wurmser, of Grief and its Transcendence: Creativity, Memory, and Identity (Routledge); editor of The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Creative Inspiration (Routledge); and is currently completing Mourning and Metamorphosis: Poussin’s Ovidian Vision. She has a private practice in psychoanalysis, and sits on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and American Imago.

Marcus Coelen is a practicing psychoanalyst, hails from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and is a visiting professor of Psychoanalysis/Comparative Literature and Romance Philology/Critical Theory at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University.

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