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Man and his Living Space :

dimanche 19 janvier 2020

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The analytical approach to poetic thinking

Aubier, Paris, 1986
Flammarion 1993

What does it mean to live in harmony ? In a certain way, it can only mean, to live in one’s environment, to inhabit one’s own body.

“I’d like to do with the living space…” wrote Gisela Pankow, “… what Freud has done with the myth :
unveil its existential and symbolising truth”

Such is the issue of this writing, which regroups the analysis done by Dr Gisela Pankow of poetic speech for over thirty years, giving it a very specific direction. Kafka, Kurosawa, Garcia Marquez, Ernesto Sabato, Elsa Morante or Flaubert, as many other authors, reveal the variety of worlds whereby narcissism, the search for love and identity revelation may help us understand the depth of life, the cracks within us and in our own living body.

Gisela Pankow’s writings are internationally known (nine books, one-hundred-and-twenty-five publications in eight different languages) and bear witness to the quality of the training she held between 1971 and 1992 at the University of Paris VI – Medicine Faculty of Saint Antoine.

Between 1960 and 1970 she was Chair at Bonn’s Medicine Faculty. She was also guest professor in the USA, Australia, Canada and Tunisia, and gave conferences in most European countries.

As of 1958, she supervised a Seminar in Paris entitled “The analytical therapy of psychosis”. Her works published by Aubier are “Man and his psychosis” (1969), “The being-there of the schizophrenic” (1981) and “Family structure and psychosis” (1977).