For many years now, the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society and the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis have maintained an active community presence in the city of Atlanta by organizing movie screenings, followed by discussions with local psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically oriented community members.
A Screening of The Favourite
with Discussion by Noelle McAfee
Saturday Nov 23rd, 4 pm
Free Movie Screening and Discussion by Noelle McAfee: Disloyal Oppositions: Reflections on ‘The Favourite.’
Goodrich C. White Hall
301 Dowman Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
The location is wheelchair-accessible.
Likened to a punk Restoration dark comedy, Yorgos Lanthimos’s film, The Favourite, features the triad familiar to psychoanalytic theory. But instead of the Oedipal triangle where the father holds the whip, here is a triangle of women acting out their sado-masochistic fantasies: Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough; Abigail, the Baroness Masham; and Anne, the Queen of three nations vying for their own resolutions, England, Scotland, and Ireland. From the music to the costumes, to the cinematography, the film overflows with envy, seduction, torment, and rivalry. But who is seducing whom? And is there any resolution to be had from this triangle?
Noëlle McAfee is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University. She has taught and published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis, political theory, feminist theory, and continental philosophy. Her books include Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis (Columbia 2019), Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia 2008); Julia Kristeva (Routledge 2003); Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell 2000); and the co-edited anthology, Democratizing Deliberation. She is also the co-editor of the Kettering Review, published by the Kettering Foundation, and an editor of the feminist section of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis, Inc.
- Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute
- Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society
- Emory University Psychoanalytic Studies Program