TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm

REREADING MASUD KHAN TODAY:
HAVE HIS WRITINGS FALLEN WITH HIM?

Panel Discussion:
Stanley Coen, M.D.
Lucy LaFarge, M.D.
Richard Zimmer, M.D.

Does good clinical psychoanalytic writing have to be written by good psychoanalysts? Does it have to be honest and true? Is there room for fiction, for troubled psychoanalysts to imagine their own scenes? Can such writing help them and us? Tonight’s panelists reread Masud Khan’s work in the light of the horrors of his life revealed by three recent biographies of him. Join us in considering how to read such clinical work.

For this meeting, the Audience is asked to read:
Lucy LaFarge, "Book Review Essay: Lives of Khan", IJP, 2008, 89: 1251-126.
Masud Khan, "Role of the 'collated internal object' in perversion-formations", 1969, IJP, 50: 555-565.
Masud Khan, "Alienation in Perversions", 1979, New York: IUP, pp. 120-138.
Masud Khan, "The evil hand", in "Hidden Selves: Between Theory and Practice in Psychoanalysis", 1989, London: Maresfield Library, Hogarth Press, pp. 139-180.

Educational objectives:
After attending this meeting, the participant will be able to:
1. better gauge therapeutic value of clinical articles despite the author's excessive presence.
2. learn from an author's difficulties as enacted within his writing.