John Launer will discuss his new biography:
Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein
(Overlook Press, 2015)
Discussants: Drs. Francis Baudry and Adrienne Harris
Sabina Spielrein is most famous for her affair with Carl Jung and for her role in his friendship and rift with Freud. For Sex Versus Survival, his new biography of Spielrein, Dr. Launer has applied a close reading of Spielrein's letters, diaries and professional papers to demonstrate that much of the familiar version of her life is a myth. In place of the hysterical patient, mistress and marginalized historical figure, he presents a picture of a brilliant polymath who made many pioneering contributions to psychoanalysis as well as original work in child development, linguistics and evolution. Dr. Launer’s talk will be followed by a discussion and then a review by Francis Baudry, M.D. and Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. of Spielrein’s stature as a psychoanalytic thinker. All three participants will address the complex relation of Spielrein’s life and her intellectual and clinical work.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium