We would like to remind you of a special event next week, January 31, 2014.
On Friday evening Beth Ash, Ph.D. our 2103 Essay Contest winner will present her winning essay, ” A Consulting Room of Their Own: Film Representations of Psychotherapy Between the Female Clinician and Female Patient in the Contexts of Second-wave Feminism.”
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Hors d’oeuvres reception
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation – Free and open to the public
Beth S. Ash is Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches courses in Literary Modernism, Literary and Cultural Theory, and Women’s Literature. She is author of Writing In Between: Modernity and Psychosocial Dilemma in the Novels of Joseph Conrad, psychoanalytically informed articles on numerous topics, including several articles on Henry James, and is currently working on a book on “Psychoanalysis, Narrative, and Popular Culture. “
The paper has two projects. First, it critiques and redirects some central research on gendered, stereotypical film images of the psychotherapist, with the intent of producing a more nuanced, historically located view of how these images (taken from the 1970s) first raised the question of feminism. Second, it provides close readings of representations of female psychotherapists in relation to female patients in four 1970s films—I Never Promised You A Rose Garden (1977), An Unmarried Woman (1978), The Bell Jar (1979), and A Question of Silence (1982). These representations, taken from both dominant- and art- cinema productions, reflect in varying degrees critical social and psychoanalytic knowledge, as well as feminist interests and expectations. Such films following the principle that personal is the political did much to cultivate audience expectations for a new kind of realism about subjectivity in the movies, and even allowed for the complex and serious film and television representations of psychotherapy that we see today.
This is a non-credit bearing lecture. Please reserve by calling 216-229-5959 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thanks to Drs. Anna and Thomas Janicki for making this prize possible.