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The Erotics of Knowing: An extra-transferential aspect of analytic erotism  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Adele Tutter, MD, PhD (Pre-registration has closed. Feel free to pay at the door)


An erotics of knowing is posited, which comprises embodied aspects of psychological and emotional closeness, and derives not from transference dynamics, but from extraordinary intimacy: both component and consequence of the analytic process itself. Knowing and being known is invested with erotism via its interpenetrative and interreceptive aspects: to know the other is to enter a hidden interior “space” that represents the embodied inner world. By relegating analytic erotism to the transference, Freud anticipated a subsequent split in the discourse that distinguishes between the qualified reality of the erotic transference, and the “real” but de-erotized construct of “analytic love.” A more recent split relegates erotism to the maternal transference, where it is divested of adult sexuality and aggression. The analysis of aesthetic interpretations of the myth of Adam and Eve and other cultural products illustrates the paper’s key points. From Oedipus to Genesis, from the Renaissance to the present day, the erotics of knowing is our forbidden fruit. 


After attending this presentation, participants should be able to

·        Describe the innately erotic aspects of emotional and psychological intimacy 

·        Outline the linguistic underpinnings of the relationship between knowing and loving

·        Summarize the historical split in the discourse between “analytic love” and the “erotic transference”


Adele Tutter, MD, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Faculty, the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on the relationship between creativity, fantasy, and loss, and has been the recipient of the American Psychoanalytic Association Menninger, CORST, and Ticho prizes, among others. Tutter is coeditor (with Leon Wurmser) of Grief and its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, and Creativity (Routledge, 2015); editor of The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Creative Inspiration (Routledge, August, 2016); and author of Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House (University of Virginia Press, May 2016). She is currently finishing a second monograph, Mourning and Metamorphosis: Poussin’s Ovidian Vision. A past editor of JAPA, she currently sits on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Inquiry and American Imago. She is also regular contributor of art criticism to the Brooklyn Rail. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan.


Thursday, November 16, 2017   8 PM-10 PM   

$20 with 2 CE/CME Credits

Free attendance without CE Credit