25. February 2016, 20:00 - 22:00
Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien
Lecture by Rémy Amouroux. Part of the programme accompanying the exhibition "So this is the strong sex." Women in Psychoanalysis please register: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Today, biographical anecdotes concerning Marie Bonaparte (1882-1962) are more famous than her scientific work. It is well known that she was a descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte and a royal princess by marriage. She was also a student and friend of Sigmund Freud, and she helped him to escape from the Nazis. For her contemporaries, she was a respected model of orthodox. However, she developed a conception – anchored in the natural sciences rather than the human sciences – that went against the ideological current of post-war French psychoanalysis. As a psychoanalyst, Marie Bonaparte was always looking for the biological origin of the psychological process. Perhaps this is the reason why some of her ideas are strange from a twenty-first century point of view?
Aside from giving a biographical account, I will describe her role in the psychoanalytic movement, but also her connection with the scientific and literary circles. Moreover, I will explore the cultural climate in which Marie Bonaparte has evolved. This contextualization will allow me to focus on her psychoanalytic work about female sexuality and illustrate how and why is it connected with biological issues." Rémy Amouroux