Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To see papers related to the one you are viewing…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

When there are articles or videos related to the one you are viewing, you will see a related papers icon next to the title, like this: RelatedPapers32Final3For example:

2015-11-06_09h28_31

Click on it and you will see a bibliographic list of papers that are related (including the current one). Related papers may be papers which are commentaries, responses to commentaries, erratum, and videos discussing the paper. Since they are not part of the original source material, they are added by PEP editorial staff, and may not be marked as such in every possible case.

 

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Hecht, J. (2016). The Failure of Sublimation and the Fate of Pain: A Reading of Bergman's Wild Strawberries. Am. Imago, 73(2):211-227.
  

(2016). American Imago, 73(2):211-227

The Failure of Sublimation and the Fate of Pain: A Reading of Bergman's Wild Strawberries

Jamey Hecht

The fact that he can bring Wild Strawberries to a satisfying artistic conclusion raises some interesting questions about the relation between an aesthetic and an intrapsychic resolution of conflict.

—Sheldon Bach (1970, p. 87)

I

I have of my own free will withdrawn almost completely from society, because one's relationship with other people consists mainly of discussing and evaluating one's neighbor's conduct. Therefore I have found myself rather alone in my old age. This is not a regret but a statement of fact. All I ask of life is to be left alone and to have the opportunity to devote myself to the few things which continue to interest me, however superficial they may be. For example, I derive pleasure from keeping up with the steady progress made in my profession (I once taught bacteriology), I find relaxation in a game of golf, and now and then I read some memoirs or a good detective story. (Bergman, 1960, pp. 169-170)

Thus begins the opening narration of Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries. The protagonist has withdrawn from human society because social intercourse “consists mainly of discussing and evaluating one's neighbor's conduct.” On the one hand, his own conduct does not stand up to this sort of scrutiny, and on the other, if scrutiny and evaluation are all that sociality has to offer then it is not worth pursuing.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the article. PEP-Web provides full-text search of the complete articles for current and archive content, but only the abstracts are displayed for current content, due to contractual obligations with the journal publishers. For details on how to read the full text of 2014 and more current articles see the publishers official website.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.