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Jason Dean and Geoffrey Raynor

frequent visions and auditory messages that Luke receives throughout the films from Obi-Wan and Yoda can be interpreted as internalized object relations. After Obi-Wan and Yoda die, Luke continues to communicate with them through his internalization of

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Rheumatic Irony

Questions of Agency and Self-deception as Refracted through the Art of Living with Spirits

Michael Lambek

The story of a young man from the Western Indian Ocean island of Mayotte who was prevented from a career in the French army by an illness sent by a spirit who possesses his mother inspires reflection on the nature of agency. I suggest that spirit possession and the ill- nesses it produces are intrinsically ironic. The prevalence of irony implies not that we should disregard agency but that perhaps we should not take it too literally.

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Theorizing “The Plunge”

(Queer) Girls’ Adolescence, Risk, and Subjectivity in Blue is the Warmest Color

Michelle Miller


This article explores the graphic representation of queer adolescent sexuality on offer in the coming-of-age graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Color. This representation, read alongside object relations psychoanalysis and in terms of feminist sexuality education theorizing, invites adult readers to reconsider the ways in which we think of the relationship between girls, risk, and sexuality. I propose that in order to honor girls’ sexual subjectivity, we must treat romantic risk-taking as an ordinary, healthy and essential aspect of growing up.

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Art and the Man

Alex La Guma's Comics and Paintings

Roger Field

This article explores two relatively unknown areas of Alex La Guma’s work – his comics and painting. While there is plenty of the former, information on the latter has come from his family and contemporaries. It is based on their memories and impressions of paintings that have not survived or have been lost. La Guma gave them away or left them with friends to look after when he and his family moved from Cape Town to London, and then from London to Havana. Necessarily, this article falls into two parts distinguishable by their respective emphases. While the first part relies on documentation, the second is more speculative and draws on the work of analysts associated with the object relations school of psychoanalytic theory.

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Dan Merkur

Drawing on phenomenology and his clinical practice, the author explores religious experience and the dynamics of the numinous. The article opens with the argument that psychoanalysts, like religious healers, should be able to work with religious phenomena as part of psychoanalytic therapy. The origin of the term 'numinous' is explained, and two types of human religious experience, mysterium tremendum and fascinans, are detailed. The role of anxiety in converting a metaphorical illusion (fascinans) into a private symbol (mysterium tremendum) is described. The terms by which religion can be viewed alternatively as delusion, illusion, and tenable speculation are discussed. A patient's religious concerns with the sacred and the profane are presented as symptoms of the repression of numinous experiences. Therapy can be promoted through a psychoanalytic dialogue on the patient's religiosity and its partial replication of early object relations.

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Anatoly Sorokin

- … -lin – Past Tense, mal – good, jilqa – to sleep, “Slept deeply”); (3) object relations (a-nanqa-tˁәl-ka, a- … -ka – State, Condition, nanqa – stomach, tˁәl – to ache, “Having stomachache”); (4) object relations, combined with attributive ones (mәt

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Gazing at Medusa

Adaptation as Phallocentric Appropriation in Blue Is the Warmest Color

Marion Krauthaker and Roy Connolly

casting meeting with the director already put into play the voyeuristic, subject-object relations that would thereafter characterise the working process: ‘He didn’t speak, he just watched and observed me. We remained in silence just watching in each other

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Frida Hastrup and Marianne Elisabeth Lien

light of these blurred subject-object relations, we hope that a better understanding of welfare frontiers may contribute to an ‘anthropology at home’ in relation to Nordic Arctic resource projects. Inspired by the way that anthropology and political

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What Would I Do with Lacan Today?

Thoughts on Sartre, Lacan, and Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Betty Cannon

with British object relations theorist D. W. Winnicott, who once observed that interpretations are more likely to serve the analyst’s vanity than the analysand’s needs. Or, as Sartre points out, interpretations, delivered as truth, can reinforce the

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“Looking for One's Life”

Trapped Mobilities and Adventure in Morocco

Sébastien Bachelet

“rework[ed] and remodel[ed] subject-object relations in ways that subtly alter the balance between actor and acted upon” ( Jackson 2002: 16 ). Adventure was imbued with references to trickery and deceit ( Bredeloup 2013 ), but my informants also discussed