COWAP Revisiting the Maternal: Maternal Eroticism in the Analytic Setting
with Andrea Celenza
The analyst’s vitalizing activity, as reflected in the analyst’s invitation to be, in the offer to take in the analyst as an object of love, to receive what the analyst transmits, and the taking in of other components implicit through nonverbal means (through gaze and displaced touch) are all components of a healthy analytic process. These are all aspects of healthy maternal eroticism as well. In this presentation, the various components of maternal eroticism will be illustrated through my work with Petra. By attending to and responding within the multiverse of maternal eroticism (derived in particular from the work of Julia Kristeva), a process of transformation occurred where signifiers of the abject, previously residing in foreclosed spaces of the analysand’s mind, were accessed in the usable space of the analytic setting.