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Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside
London, SW4 0QW
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psychoanalytic perspectives on the shadow of the parent


In this event Coline Covington and Christopher Wintle will speak and expand upon their chapters in the book ‘Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent’.

Coline will look at the personal psychological repercussions and conflicts that children of Holocaust perpetrators face, as well as more recent material covering the shadow with which ordinary people whose parents were involved in brutalities contend, particularly in terms of the cultural shadow that the younger generation inherits from the previous one.

Christopher will look at the question of why Electra dies in the opera by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss when in Sophocles - its source - she lives on? He will present two interpretations: Elektra epitomizing self-sacrifice to an ideal on the one hand, and on the other, falling prey to the ‘shadow of the object’. He will look at the overshadowed space occupied by the troubled children in Agamemnon’s family but also sibling relationships – they too overshadowed by jealousy and the legacy of murder, love and deceit.

The event, to be introduced by Serena Heller, will be chaired by Jonathan Burke who is the editor of the book.

Please do join us for this stimulating event. Refreshments will be available. This event counts as 2.5 CPD hours.

Online booking is highly advisable but it is also possible to pay on the door (cash only).


about the speakers

Coline Covington Is a Jungian analyst with a background in political science and criminology. She is a fellow of International Dialogue Initiative. Her publications include: Terrorism and War: Unconscious dynamics of political violence; Shrinking the News: Headline Stories on the Couch; Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis and Everyday Evils: A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality.

Christopher Wintle has taught music in the University of London since 1979 and is the Founding Director of Plumbago Books and Arts. He reviewed Opera for The Times Literary Supplement for twenty years and has written extensively for leading opera houses in the UK. He has an unaffiliated fascination with psychoanalysis evident in his monograph What Opera Means (2018). He is also the literary executor of the music critic Hans Keller. His editions of Keller include Music and Psychology (2003) and Britten (2013).

Jonathan Burke is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of The British Psychotherapy Foundation. He has edited The Topic of Cancer: New Perspectives on the Emotional Experience of Cancer and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent: Mythology, History, Politics and Art.

Serena Heller is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of The British Psychotherapy Foundation, she teaches on psychodynamic trainings and organises related events in South London.



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standard ticket £ 25.00
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trainees £ 10.00