By Veronika Fuechtner
100 years after the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute used to be proven, this ebook recovers the cultural and highbrow background hooked up to this brilliant association and areas it along the London Bloomsbury staff, the Paris Surrealist circle, and the Viennese fin-de-siècle as an important bankruptcy within the heritage of modernism. Taking us from international struggle I Berlin to the 3rd Reich and past to Forties Palestine and Fifties New York—and to the influential paintings of the Frankfurt School—Veronika Fuechtner strains the community of artists and psychoanalysts that all started in Germany and endured in exile. Connecting hobbies, kinds, and subject matters equivalent to Dada, multi-perspectivity, and the city adventure with the idea and perform of psychoanalysis, she illuminates issues targeted to the Berlin psychoanalytic context reminiscent of warfare trauma, masculinity and femininity, race and anti-Semitism, and the cultural avant-garde. specifically, she explores the lives and works of Alfred Döblin, Max Eitingon, Georg Groddeck, Karen Horney, Richard Huelsenbeck, count number Hermann von Keyserling, Ernst Simmel, and Arnold Zweig.
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Elli’s theft of money is presented as a prank that happened to her. Her “act” resembles more a reaction than an action, which is indicative for the mode in which the narrator presents his protagonists’ experiences. ”58 According to the narrator, establishing a logical sequence of external causes for psychological mechanisms means construing causality after the fact. 60 Both Nietzsche and Döblin argue that the unconscious renders a simple construction of cause and effect problematic. ”61 In Two Girlfriends Commit Murder, the bullets that hit the protagonists from the invisible and unleash a Berlin Soulscapesâ•‡â•‡|â•‡â•‡35 tragedy are also an allusion to the psychological consequences of war violence.
In the case of the Bendes, the awakening came upon his return from the war: he subdued his wife, cheated on her, and contracted a venereal disease. On the one hand, Willi Bende is characterized as a brash soldier; on the other, his masculinity has been weakened by the war. ”65 The marriage of Link, whose first name we never learn, and Elli is equally doomed from the outset. The narrator’s characterization of the war veteran Link reflects the unconscious struggle of the war neurotic. ”66 Not unlike Willi Bende, Link craves domination to the point of self-negation.
66 Not unlike Willi Bende, Link craves domination to the point of self-negation. 67 He beats, rapes, and tortures his wife, and in the aftermath he attempts to commit suicide. He also demeans himself by wanting to eat her feces. Link turns the violence he experienced at the front against himself and against the one who depends on him, the one at the lower end of what never ceased to be a chain of command. One of Elli’s prison dreams revolves around this psychological constellation, and the narrator lets Elli Link recount the dream in the first person: “I was watching a white flag with a black eagle while smoking a cigarette.