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Reflections on sessions early in an analysis: Trauma, affect and “enactive witnessing”

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The essay explores psychoanalytic sessions where witnessing to trauma is treated as a matter of the transmission of bodily affect rather than the production of a meaningful narration of traumatic symptoms. Attention is paid to the theorizing of affect in contemporary psychoanalysis and critical theory, focusing on performance and relationality.

Keywords: enaction; preconsciousness; proprioception; trauma; witnessing

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Sociology and Women's Studies, Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York, New York, USA

Publication date: 2009-07-01

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