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Fishman, G. (2008). Commentary on Paper by Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(3):307-316.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(3):307-316

Commentary on Paper by Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg Related Papers

George Fishman, M.D.

In this discussion, I stress two points. First, I have underlined the powerful understanding Dr. Zornberg brings to her exegesis of the book of Jonah via her competence as Biblical scholar, literary critic, and master of psychoanalytic theory. In her hands, Jonah becomes a fully minded person, not just a moral icon. Second, I have focused on her major thesis, that Jonah's need to escape, his repeated going down into and away from himself, evolves from his putative trauma, which is comprised of not only the horror of near death but also the shock of survival.

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