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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Sexuality, Normality and Social Terror: XXY by Lucia Puenzo

Jorgelina Corbatta, Ph.D.
Academic Candidate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Don Spivak, M.D.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, October 26, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 PM
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

NOTE LOCATION: Depression Center Auditorium, Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor (1 mile east of US-23, on SE corner of Plymouth and Earhart Road, on U-M’s E. Medical Campus. Enter via back or south door)

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: Contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice has not developed a comprehensive theory or practice for understanding and working with patients’ issues of intersexuality. The film “XXY”, by the Argentine director Lucia Puenzo, presents and explores this difficult topic. Through viewing and understanding this film, practitioners will gain a sophisticated understanding of this topic to aid in their clinical endeavors. At the end of this 2 hour program, participants will be able to:
1. understand inter-sexuality through the analysis of a film about a protagonist with Klinefelter’s Syndrome (a chromosomal abnormality traditionally called hermaphroditism) that shines a light on the complexity of the creation of gender and sexual identity for an intersex adolescent;
2. understand how an adolescent’s crisis over gender and sexual identity can be intertwined with his/her parents’ reactions, and how parents can facilitate or hinder their child’s resolution of conflict, consolidation of sexual identity, and thus forward development;
3. grapple with an important aspect of the human dilemma, the creation of gender identity, and consider how this process in embedded in the categories of normality and abnormality of the social surround.

About the presenter: Jorgelina Corbatta was born in Argentina and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She received a Fulbright Award for teaching and research in Colombia, and she has been a Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Wayne State University since l988. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and has presented her work all over the world. Dr. Corbatta has been an Academic Candidate at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute since 2009 and her current research is on the articulation of psychoanalysis and literary/film criticism.