On Marion Milner
with Tennyson Dodd, MSSW
Join us Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26 7:30 p.m. / $120 / 5 Credits / Beginner /This will be an online class.
Marion Milner was a writer, painter, and psychoanalyst whose work spanned over half of the 20th century. Milner was well-known as an author before becoming a psychoanalyst, garnering praise from WH Auden and others for her remarkable experimental writing in A Life of One’s Own. In this book, Milner endeavors to discover her forms of happiness after being struck by a sense that her life was not what she wanted it to be and her idea that she could change it through introspective writing. These preoccupations eventually led Milner to train as a psychoanalyst. As an analyst, Milner wrote papers on creativity, symbol formation, destruction, countertransference, nonsense, mysticism, along with a book length case history detailing her 20 year treatment of a patient with schizophrenia called The Hands of the Living God. This class will explore selections of Milner’s astounding oeuvre in order to gain a better understanding of her as a thinker and a clinician who was willing to engage in the creative work of experimentation toward psychic growth.
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