CONVERSATIONS WITH INTERNAL OBJECTS: FAMILY AND NARRATIVE STRUCTURE IN HOMER'S ODYSSEY

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  • Meg Harris Williams

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      MEG HARRIS WILLIAMS is a writer and artist with a lifelong psychoanalytic education. Her writing is mainly on English poetry and its relation to post-Kleinian ideas. Her work includes chapters in The Apprehension of Beauty (with Donald Meltzer, 1988) and a novel based on Hamlet (A Trial of Faith, 1997). Her forthcoming book on the poetic origins of the psychoanalytic model of the mind (The Vale of Soul-Making) will be published by Karnac in 2004.


Address for correspondence: The Bourne, Redlands Lane, Crondall, Farnham, Surrey GU10 5RF. [email: meg@artlit.info] Website: http://www.artlit.info

Abstract

ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to enable the psychoanalytic reader to make an enriched emotional contact with Homer's ancient epic which, in recounting the story of Odysseus’journey homeward after the confusions of the Trojan war, demonstrates the evolution of a new ethics based on communication between the internal objects of the protagonists. Athena plays a facilitating role in adjusting the relationship of father and son, husband and wife. The reading is guided by the internal poetic structure, under the aegis of a post-Kleinian perspective on the reading process which has a clinical analogy.

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