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"Woman is Perfect": A Discussion of Hilda Doolittle's Analysis with Freud and a Close Reading of Her Poem, The Master

Paul Geltner, PhD and Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW

Friday, March 16, 2018

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


PPSC

80 Fifth Avenue

Room 1408

New York, New York 10011


I was angry at the old man,
I wanted an answer,
a neat answer,
when I argued and said, “well tell me,
you will soon be dead,
the secret lies with you,”
he said,
“you are a poet”. --From “The Master” by H.D.


In 1933, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), a great Modernist writer, started analysis with Freud because she was unable to write and wanted "to free herself from repetitive thoughts and experiences". She left with her artistic powers flowing anew. She wrote two prose books about the experience. And a magnificent poem – “The Master” -- which describes both her passionate disagreements with Freud and her profound appreciation for their relationship, and celebrates the feeling of powerful, creative womanhood that she acquired in the analysis.

Paul Geltner explores H.D.'s life and her analysis — a treatment that reveals sides of Freud’s clinical work seldom seen in his writings or other patients’ mémoires: moments of striking emotional availability, vulnerability, and transparency; his openness to a gender-fluid, polyamorous, bisexual woman; and the creativity of his technique compared to the parsimonious model he recommended to others.

Mary Wallach will read Master and lead a discussion of selected stanzas in the poem, focusing on how “The Master” explicitly and implicitly communicates meaning and emotion through sound and rhythm, as much as the sense of the words.

Access to the poem will be provided to registrants prior to the presentation.

Dr. Paul Geltner is the author of Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Use of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique, and of papers on dreams and child analysis. He has been the Director of Psychoanalytic Education at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, and has taught Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute, Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and the Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalysis. He is in private practice in New York City, working with individuals and couples. He specializes in individual and group supervision with psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

Mary Wallach, M.F.A., L.C.S.W., is in private practice in New York City where she practices both psychoanalytic and EMDR psychotherapy. She has published papers on poetry and psychoanalysis in The Journal of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and has presented on this topic at the PPSC Annex and the Artist Study Group at The William Alanson White Institute. She also holds a M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University and has published poetry in a variety of publications. She specializes in working with creative and helping professionals and is available for facilitating poetry reading and writing workshops.

Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

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