7:30 PM, December 1, 2017

Presented by Albert Morell, Ph.D. & Luis Nagy Ph.D.

Neruda is a biographical tour-de-force in which a fictive police inspector, an invention of the protagonist's imagination, is intent on pursuing and capturing the elusive and subversive poet. One may stereotypically view the inspector as a persecuting superego, but it’s interesting to see him also as a metaphor for the psychoanalyst’s often feral pathologization of the artist, with all that implies.

Learning Objectives:

Recognize the nature of the intrapsychic split in the artistic Subject, who invariably stands outside and against social and cultural mores, what Lacan calls the Symbolic Order, subject to the Law

Assess the effects of the conflict this split engenders, without assuming a psychosis. Understand how this split is, one way or another, endemic to the human condition, and be able to relate how it is the substrate of the clinical field

Delineate how the territorial conflict between artist and analyst arises from the fundamental fact that each opens the unconscious using diametrically opposed methods 


Albert Morell, Ph.D., is a Lacanian clinical and research analyst in private and institutional practice. He is a former university lecturer in literature, philosophy and film studies, as well as a former screenwriter. He is co-editor of The Los Angeles Psychologist, and is founder and delegate of the California Forum of the Internationale des Forums École de Psychoanalyse des Forums du Champ Lacanien (IF-EPFCL),based in Paris, France.

Luis Nagy Ph.D., is psychoanalyst who practices in Mexico City and Alhambra, California.  He is a Training & Supervising Analyst with Sociedad Psicoanalitica de Mexico and an Associate Member of NCP.  With a special interest in films and communication, he is an Editorial Board Member of the IPA website; he is Spanish Editor of International Psychoanalysis Net. Additionally, he is Full Professor at the Institute of Post-degree Studies in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy