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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Book Fare: Olive Kitteridge

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society Announces a New Discussion Series:

Book Fare

Discussants will present extensive analyses of book passages from literary and psychoanalytic perspectives.

"Olive Kitteridge"
By Elizabeth Strout, 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Winner

Themes in the book include: the nature of attachment, loss, the loss of self-esteem in aging, parenting issues with grown children, how the community impacts and interacts with the individual psyche, how life seems to alternate between stretches of "everydayness" and sudden life-altering events. Although many novels touch on these themes, what's so interesting here is how the author structures the book to demonstrate how life sometimes resembles an intersecting, interconnected arc of short stories.

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 1 - 3 PM
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills


Loretta Polish, Ph.D., Psychologist

Ilana Blumberg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English, James Madison College
Michigan State University
Author of "Houses of Study"

Please read and/or bring the book with you to enhance the discussion.

General Public $15, APT Members $10, Students $5

For information, contact Zieva Konvisser - 248-682-0717

One CME/CE Credit - This program is designed to help participants:

1) Evaluate the potential uses and effects of alternating perspectives on the same or linked events.

2) Recognize the ways in which literary depictions of psychological states differ from and resemble real-life conditions encountered by analyst and analysand.

3) Analyze life narratives, in particular "margins" (assigned beginnings and endings) and episodes.

4) Analyze how the contexts of communal bonds activate emotional experiences within the characters.

5) Identify aspects of shame and guilt in parenting grown children