THE WOLF-MAN AND CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOANALYTIC PRACTICE

This seminar deploys Freud’s Wolf-Man case to explicate psychoanalytic inquiry as it stumbles. Sergei Konstantinovitch Pankejeff, a Russian emigre who became Freud’s patient, returned to psychoanalysis all his life.  We will begin with Freud’s case of the Wolf-Man. We will also read Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok’s The Wolf Man’s Magic Word, which re-opens a psychoanalytic inquiry into this historic case. As we re-trace, in investigative layers, Freud’s invention of constructed fantasies, we will also notice where he stumbled as an analyst. Alongside these texts, we will draw from Lacan’s writing about the Wolf-man. In the spirit of learning, we will use this rich case to examine the play of signifiers in our own cases, our questions about diagnosis and fantasy, and consider moments in which we stumble in relation to the always emergent unconscious.

Time: Monthly meetings on Zoom, September, October, Nov., Jan., Feb., March and April. Last Thursday of the month, 7:00 to 9:00 EST.
Faculty: Annie Rogers, Ph.D.
Fee: $250.00 or School tuition