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Projected Shadows

Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Representation of Loss in European Cinema, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrea Sabbadini


212 pages

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Projected Shadows presents a new collection of essays exploring films from a psychoanalytic perspective, focusing specifically on the representation of loss in European cinema. This theme is discussed in its many aspects, including: loss of hope and innocence, of youth, of consciousness, of freedom and loss through death. Many other themes familiar to psychoanalytic discourse are explored in the process, such as:

  • Establishment and resolution of Oedipal conflicts
  • Representation of pathological characters on the screen
  • Use of unconscious defence mechanisms
  • The interplay of dreams, reality and fantasy

Projected Shadows aims to deepen the ongoing constructive dialogue between psychoanalysis and film. Andrea Sabbadini has assembled a remarkable number of internationally renowned contributors, both academic film scholars and psychoanalysts from a variety of cultural backgrounds, who use an array of contemporary methodologies to apply psychoanalytic thinking to film.

This original collection will appeal to anyone passionate about film, as well as professionals, academics and students interested in the relationship between psychoanalysis and the arts.

Table of Contents

Gabbard, Foreword. Sabbadini, Introduction. Kline, The Night of Melancholia and the Daylight of Mourning: Anne Fontaine’s Comment j’ai tué mon père. Goisis, Quest for a Lost Mother: Alina Marazzi’s Un’ora sola ti vorrei. Wigoder, Berman, Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel? Keren Yedaya's Or (Mon Tresor). Costantini, Golinelli, The Anorexic Paradox: Matteo Garrone’s First Love. Zwiebel, Reparation and the Empathic Other: Christian Petzold’s Wolfsburg. Sabbadini, The Talking Cure from Freud to Almodóvar: Hable con ella. Portuges, Intergenerational Transmission: The Holocaust in Central European Cinema. Webber, Cut and Laced: Traumatism and Fetishism in Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou. Taylor Robinson, Two Short Films by Jan Svankmajer: Jabberwocky and Punch and Judy. Mulvey, Compilation Film as ‘Deferred Action’: Vincent Monnikendam’s Mother Dao, the Turtle-like. Weinstein, Moving Beyond the Constraints of the Mortal Self: Universal Images of Narcissism in Jan Troell’s The Flight of the Eagle. Stein, Tricycles, Bicycles, Life Cycles: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Childhood Loss and Transgenerational Parenting in Sylvain Chômet’s Belleville Rendez-Vous. Diamond, Loss, Mourning and Desire in Midlife: François Ozon’s Under the Sand and Swimming Pool. Sabbadini, Three Sisters: Sibling Knots in Bergman's Cries and Whispers. Christie, Time Regained: The Complex Magic of Reverse Motion. Films Index.

About the Author/Editor

Andrea Sabbadini is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and honorary senior lecturer at University College London. He has published extensively in psychoanalytic journals, and edited books including Even Paranoids Have Enemies (Routledge, 1998) and The Couch and the Silver Screen: Psychoanalytic Reflections on European Cinema (Brunner-Routledge, 2003).

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health