Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein




24 November 2014
7pm – doors open at 6.30pm

Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein

Author’s Talk: John Launer

Who was Sabina Spielrein? Her dramatic life story is most famous for her notorious affair with Carl Jung, dramatised in the film A Dangerous Method starring Keira Knightley. Yet she was a woman who overcame family and psychiatric abuse to become an original thinker in the field of sexual psychotherapy.

Drawing on thorough and novel research into Spielrein’s diaries, professional papers and correspondence, Sex Versus Survival is the first biography to put her life and ideas at the centre of the story. John Launer examines Spielrein’s tumultuous affair with Jung and its influence on both of their lives and intellectual journeys, and her key role in the rift between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and in the development of psychoanalysis.

A Russian Jew, who lost her life in the Holocaust in 1942, Spielrein’s innovative theories have chiefly been suppressed because of her gender. Sex Versus Survival is a significant stage in the rediscovery of the life and ideas of an extraordinary woman and an acknowledgment of her prominent role in the history of sexual psychology.

Duration 24 November 2014 - 24 November 2014
Times Monday 24 November 2014 7 pm - 8.30 pm
Cost £10/£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum
Venue Freud Museum London
Address 20 Maresfield Gardens London NW3 5SX, ,
Contact 020 7435 2002 / / www.freud.org.uk/events/75699/sex-versus-survival-the-life-and-ideas-of-sabina-spielrein/

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