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Tutter, A. (2015). Under the mirror of the sleeping water: Poussin's Narcissus. Int. J. Psycho-Anal. Video Collection, 1(1):4.

(2015). International Journal of Psychoanalysis Video Collection, 1(1):4

Under the mirror of the sleeping water: Poussin's Narcissus Related Papers

Adele Tutter

Examined in conjunction with a close reading of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Nicolas Poussin's four paintings on the preoccupying theme of Narcissus and Echo reflect a developing aesthetic interpretation of its textual source. Poussin's reflective vision supports a radical reappraisal of the enigmatic myth at the heart of psychoanalytic theory and practice, in which Narcissus is construed as a far more object-related figure that seeks the formative, affirmative mirroring of the other. This in turn encourages a more versatile conceptualization of narcissistic disturbance, in which an etiologically heterogenous constellation of issues stems from a variety of disturbances in the myriad dynamic and developmental aspects of mirroring and attunement: the narcissisms.

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