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The Missed Encounter - Sharon Kivland

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A disappointment, an ear, a shell, and a snail.

A creative response to Dalí's failed attempts to meet Freud in Vienna. 

The Missed Encounter is the published version of a reading at the Freud Museum, London, in January 2019, given in the conference Surrealism & Psychoanalysis: Conquest of the Irrational? The conference addressed psychoanalysis and its impact on Surrealism and the impact of Surrealism on psychoanalysis, bringing together art historians, psychoanalysts, authors, and aritsts to reflect on the many facets of this relation. It coincided with the exhibition Freud, Dalí and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus (3 October 2018 to 24 February 2019) curated by Dawn Ades.

In The Missed Encounter, another Surrealist prepares to visit Freud, then recounts his disappointment to his wife over coffee and cakes in Vienna' Freud writes disparagingly of the visit to Ernest Jones, and later, of an unpleasant vexation with the same Surrealist; Freud's capacity for listening is admired; there are a number of extracts from Freud's papers, including a dream and a recipe; and finally, two drawings that may be of significance for scholars of psychoanalysis are published for the first time.

Listen to Sharon Kivland's reading here.

Ma Bibliothèque is an independent publisher based in London.

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