Liebert Award Lecture: Embodied Readers, Narrative Texts: Literary and Psychoanalytic Perspectives

March 7, 2017
Anne Golomb Hoffman, PhD
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Fordham University

Recognizing the centrality of narrative to our experience of ourselves in the world, this talk explores some intersections of literary and psychoanalytic experience, with particular attention to representations of the body and to the place of the infantile body in mental life. The discussion considers the impact of unconscious fantasy on literary experience and examines a network of relationships involving writer, text, and reader.

Anne Golomb Hoffman, Ph.D., is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. She is a special member of the APM and on the faculty of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

After the lecture, participants should be able to

  • Describe ways in which representations of the body in writing enter into the network of relationships that link writer to text and to reader.
  • Recognize the significance of unconscious fantasy in considering the intimate relationship of textuality to embodiment.