The Virgin Suicides: Women in Psychoanalysis and Culture
Please note that this is a women-only group. Please only book a place if you identify as a woman.
During this meeting, we will be discussing “The Virgin Suicides” (1999), directed by Sofia Coppola. Please, remember to watch the film beforehand.
We will focus on the film's multi-layered contemplation on femininity, the all too famous Freudian one-liner: “What does a woman want?” and the way general society views female desire. Our guest speaker Shauni De Gussem will shortly introduce themes such as female enjoyment and desire, male gaze versus female gaze and whether this dichotomy even exists, self-determination, mother-daughter relationships, the concept of virginity and sluttiness, and lastly, repetition and memory, after which the floor will be opened for debate and discussion.
- John Berger’s Ways of Seeing Chapter III (1972)
- Laura Mulvey’s Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975)
- Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XX Encore Chapter VII (1975)
- Introduction to Kate Ince’s The Body and the Screen: Female Subjectivities in Contemporary Women’s Cinema (2017)
- Todd McGowan’s article Looking for the Gaze: Lacanian Film Theory and Its Vicissitudes (2003)
- Mary-Ann Doane’s article Film and the Masquerade: Theorising the Female Spectator (1982)
Texts will be available to ticket holders on the Stillpoint Spaces Community dedicated group.
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General admission - £7.50
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Date: Saturday, June 5th
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm BST, 12:30pm - 2:30pm CEST
This is a series of women-only workshops curated by Claudia Celadon. Each month we watch a film and read and discuss psychoanalytic and philosophical texts in order to investigate the depiction of women in visual arts and literature.
Shauni De Gussem is a Belgian screenwriter. She also writes non-fiction work on and gives talks about film, visual and narrative culture, psychoanalysis, and creative writing for various publications and events. Furthermore, she lectures in creative writing at Wisper and in screenwriting to master students at the film school LUCA School of Arts.
De Gussem is currently co-guest-editing a film issue of Psychoanalytische Perspectieven, an international and blind peer-reviewed academic journal on Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, published at Ghent University. This issue will be available in July 2021. She’s also the co-organiser of the FilmȺtelier, which is the film program of Gezelschap voor Psychoanalyse en Psychotherapie, a Belgian psychoanalytic organisation.
About the facilitator
Claudia Celadon is a psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, lecturer, and training facilitator. Originally from Brazil, Claudia has been working clinically in the UK and in Brazil for the past 30 years. She has always been interested in the history of psychoanalysis and how it developed, feminist culture and modern and post-modern philosophy. Claudia is also interested in psychoanalysis as a cultural phenomenon, how it can help inform interpretations of the use of imagery in films and photography, specifically in the depiction of women which arise from their social definition. One of Claudia’s main areas of research is the use of language, both spoken and representational, in the clinical setting and in art and films.
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Image: The Virgin Suicides, 1999