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In Conversation with D M Thomas: The Novelist and the Therapist

Subtitle
Novelist and the therapist, The
Synopsis
D M Thomas, author of ‘The White Hotel’, talks to Michael Jacobs. The novel is about one of Freud’s patients and combines the themes of love and death. The book raises questions about the relationship between writing and therapy, about the nature of Freudian thought, and about the status of storytelling both in psychotherapy and counselling. In this conversation D M Thomas talks about himself and his writing, as well as about a poet’s and novelist’s view of psychoanalysis, myth and personal history. In three parts:
1: Mystery and death; myth as healing; psychoanalysis as myth; the J F Kennedy myth; the death instinct; love and death in ‘The White Hotel’.
2: Meaning and life after death; psychoanalysis and creativity; the dream self and the writer’s unconscious; what makes a writer.
3: The therapy relationship and the writer/reader relationship; views about Jung and symbols; writing poetry; Thomas reads his poem ‘Ghost House’.
Series
In Conversation with..., Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 59 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
Sale; 1997 sale: £49.95 (inclusive) 1997 sale: £200.00 (inclusive) set of 5
Subjects
English language and literature; Psychiatry
Keywords
Fiction in English; Freud, Sigmund; psychoanalysis; Thomas, D M; writers

Credits

Cast
D M Thomas 
Michael Jacobs 

Sponsor

Name

University of Leicester, Department of Adult Education

Distributor

Name

University of Leicester, Audio Visual Services

Web
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Phone
0116 252 2917
Fax
0116 252 3993
Address
PO Box 138
University Road
Leicester
LE1 9HN

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