Education versus habituation in some stories by Kafka
17:00 - 18:30
Meg Harris Williams, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
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Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
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Kafka identified closely with animal life and saw himself as an ‘animal of the forest’ or a ‘cellar-dweller’ – inhabiting areas of unconscious, sensuous, or primitive life in which meaning was generated that might or might not find its way through the civilized skull’s castle and fortifications.
Animal obscurity provided a fruitful metaphor for the unknowable state of fundamental human nature and its somatic voices.
In this seminar we shall be focusing on two contrasting animal stories – Report to an Academy and Investigations of a Dog – one of which describes the tragedy of conformism and the other, the mystical illusion of scientific ignorance.
Meg Harris Williams has published many articles in psychoanalytic and literary journals on the relation between psychoanalysis, art and literature, and is also a visual artist.
Her books include:
Meg teaches and lectures widely in this country and abroad. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic and for AGIP and an Honorary Member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California. Read about her work.
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