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Using contemporary psychoanalysis as our guide, we’ll investigate works from Virginia Woolf, Philip Roth, and Maria Semple to discover what makes their characters so vivid, instructive, and often therapeutic for readers. Using cutting-edge analytic concepts like narcissistic injury, attachment, psychic structure, and micro-trauma, we will examine how to think and write about a self ‘s particularities. If you have a character study started, real or fictional, bring it to class to be explored with an eye toward deepening and complicating the portrayal of a self.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Margaret Crastnopol (aka Peggy), Ph.D. is the author of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, Routledge, 2015. Peggy is a psychologist/psychoanalyst who works with individuals and couples here in Seattle. She is a supervisor of psychotherapy and a faculty member of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City, an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and is on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. A founding member of the board of directors of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, she also co-founded the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis in Seattle. She has published numerous articles on the character and subjectivity of the patient and analyst, and the vicissitudes of love, romance, and lust.