Introduction

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Author: Dawne McCance
Date: Mar. 2011
Publisher: University of Manitoba, Mosaic
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 914 words
Lexile Measure: 1340L

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Mouths, large open bodies deployed to proclaim pure pieces of space--dinanzi al re! davanti a lui! Come, here, let's go, let's come, let's leave, let's stay--voices emerging from the belly, choruses numerous, a popular song--let's go, let's see, I laugh, I cry, I live, I die. Writing and thinking like this, mouth agape, opus-corpus.

--Jean-Luc Nancy, Corpus

In the interview that opens this issue, Kristin Linklater makes bare mention of Freudian psychoanalysis, touching on it twice only in passing, as if it were for her what Rodolphe Gasche calls "a minimal thing" (6; see also Mosaic 41.4: 1-26). In one instance, she cites, approvingly, the meaning of psyche as both breath and blood, this as what "embodies psychology for me." In another instance, she makes reference to her mentor, Iris Warren, and Warren's relationship with a Freudian psychoanalyst in London. As some of the analyst's patients were so traumatized that they could not speak, he invited Iris Warren to work with them. In Kristin's account, Iris taught the analyst's patients "to relax in their bellies, to breathe, and lo and behold their throats opened up, words rushed out, tears rolled down their cheeks, and they spoke their stories." These mere mentions of psychoanalysis, glimpsing it at its barest, are telling of what is at the centre of Kristin's lifework: her sustained efforts to hold psyche (breath, voice) and...

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