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Berkeley Psychoanalytic Society
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Oakland, CA 64610


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Light Rooms: Medium, Mourning and Mania

Elizabeth Abel, Ph.D.

Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States

What happens when psychoanalysis joins in conversation with photography? Arguing that light is a "carnal medium" that provides an umbilical connection between the photographed object and the viewer, Roland Barthes recovers a neglected thread of early psychoanalytic discourse about mourning, in which "mania" had been a prominent term. Focusing on a few scenes from Virginia […]