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Following the huge success of her presentation on Middlemarch, Margot Waddell will return to our Faber Members Literature & Psychoanalysis programme to discuss the question of identity as explored in Jane Austen’s Emma. Margot will reflect on introjection – what the psychoanalyst, Donald Meltzer (1978) called ‘the most important and most mysterious concept in psychoanalysis’. She will draw on Emma for elucidation of this perplexing term and it’s critical role in the development of the personality.
Join us at Bloomsbury House for this fascinating presentation and Q&A session with the audience.
Margot Waddell is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. Having studied Classics and English at the University of Cambridge, she completed a PhD on the novels of George Eliot in the context of contemporary nineteenth-century psychological, philosophical and scientific thinking, before going on to train at the Tavistock and Institute of Psychoanalysis (IoPA). She currently works in private clinical practice, following her work as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in the Tavistock Clinic’s Adolescent Department for many years. Her multi-disciplinary approach to her practice makes her an ideal speaker for Faber’s Literature & Psychoanalysis series.
Arabel Charlaff is an experienced and accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist, who has worked in the NHS, the higher education sector and in private practice. Before re-training she worked as an editor, literary consultant and ghost writer. She is particularly interested in the ways in which fiction and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other, and the rewards to be found in such a conversation. It was to this end that she founded Characters on the Couch, a service which combines clinical and editorial expertise in order to help novelists create fully-realised characters. She teaches at the Faber Academy and at WPF Therapy.