Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Psychoanalysis
She is currently working on a monograph entitled "Who Do You Think You Are?": Recovering the Self in the Working-Class Escape Narrative, a work that explores unrecognized classed injury in fiction and the pivotal roles imagination and self-narration may play in recuperative processes. Recent publications include a class-centered exploration of trauma in the fiction of Alice Munro in the Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies and an examination of recognition failure and its relation to shame in The Works of Elena Ferrante: Reconfiguring the Margins (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She has been a Silberger Scholar with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, an American Psychoanalytic Association Fellow, and a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Working across disciplines and campuses with professors who are likewise engaged with psychoanalytic thought, she is developing an interdisciplinary Five College Certificate Program in Psychoanalytic Studies. She presently serves as the book review editor for Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.
Psychoanalysis encompasses more than a particular form of therapeutic practice; it can also be understood as a kind of sensibility, a fluid, radically open and creative way of perceiving and engaging the world. This course explores psychoanalysis in both of these senses. It provides an historical overview of psychoanalytic thought, beginning with Freud, moving through object relations theory and ego psychology, and ending with an exploration of relational perspectives and other contemporary approaches within psychoanalysis. By way of this survey, students will acquire an appreciation of how psychoanalytic thinking has changed over time and continues to evolve, while at the same time retaining certain core perspectives on the psyche and the therapeutic process. Throughout the course, students will also be asked to reflect on how the theories we are exploring may be productively used to interpret and engage issues and problems within contemporary society.