Title

Poetic Agency: Edith Jacobson’s Captivity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2020

Publication Title

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Abstract

Imprisoned by the Gestapo, German-Jewish psychoanalyst Edith Jacobson (1897-1978) managed to escape Nazism and successfully continued her psychoanalytic career in American exile. This essay is the first of two on Jacobson's prison notebook, newly published under the title Gefängnisaufzeichnungen. It focuses on the interdisciplinary encounter of prison poetry with psychoanalysis, illustrating the unique therapeutic capacity of poetry to ease pain in states of utter deprivation, and placing specific emphasis on Jacobson’s complex biography and the discovery of her manuscript notebook.

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