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DEATH OF A DAUGHTER

TWO YEARS AGO IN ROME I WAS INVOLVED IN A TRAGIC CASE OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE BY A FRIEND'S DAUGHTER. I'VE JUST POSTED MY ESSAY, "GINA OVER THE YEARS" (UNDER SHORT STORIES).

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I refer you to one of my blog entries (July 7)

Brenda,

You might find interest in my blog entry of July 7 entitled--A SURPRISING ARTICLE ABOUT THE NATURE, METHODS, AND DETERRENCE OF SUICIDE.

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I look forward to reading your essay when I get a chance

I read your other blogs and it all sounds interesting to me. I teach Freud and Lacan and psychoanalytic theory at the U of Louisville, along with other stuff. I'm always happy to talk about psychoanalysis, Jewish culture, etc. I'd love to see an RR conversation about a classic Freud case like Little Hans or the Rat Man. I always tell my students to read a Freud case study like it was a Kafka short story--but I'm a lit prof at heart.

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Freud, Psychoanalysis,suicide

Matthew, thanks for your comment. My essay is purely personal. I am fascinated by the subject of suicide since my mother was suicidal and several times almost suceeded in killing herself. For years I was a commited Freudian. Wrote two books of psychoanalytic cricticism, one on Yeats, one on Blake. Right now I feel that psychoanalysis is on the way out. There are so many cheaper and shorter methods now days. And after many years of thinking about it,  I've concluded that analysis though it could be enriching to the subject, really doesn't work very well as therapy. I go on at possibly tedious length about this in my memoir, The Last Good Freudian. My new novel deals with the quirks and flaws of personality that were reflected in the theories of the pioneers with sometimes dire results. The whole subject is endlessly interesting as I'm sure you found in your teaching.
And I agree with you that the cases sound like Kafka..especially the ratman but the others, too. Freud was a literary genius. So why don't you try doing a literary analysis of one of them. I'd be curious to see what you come up with. And excuse me for the stiffness of this reply. I haven't quite got the hang of blogging yet.