The 17th International Conference
on Literature and Psychology
- 2000 -

Travel / Schedule / Registration & Papers / Accommodations / Warsaw Tour / Registration Form

The Sixteenth International Conference on Literature and Psychology took place July 8-12, 1999 in Urbino, Italy. This was our return to Urbino; the 1990 Conference was also held there. 1999 was one of our largest conferences, with 105 attending and 65 papers by participants from Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Israel, Cyprus, South Africa, USA, and Canda. Everyone had a splendid time in this Italian hill town. Highlights included an opening reception outdoors, a tour of the Palazzo Ducale, a visit to a collection of medieval art in nearby Fabriano, and a lively closing banquet outdoors at Franco's Ristorante.

The Seventeenth International Conference on Literature and Psychology will take place JULY 6-10, 2000, in BIALYSTOK, POLAND, in cooperation with the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Bialystok. Bialystok is a city of 300,000 located in northeastern Poland near the border with Belarus. For further information on the city and the region, check the follwing websites:



Bialystok has no airport but is accessible by train, bus, or car (it's about three hours' drive from Warsaw; from Warsaw to Krakow is another four hours' drive). It is also a good starting point for journeys further east, into Belarus, Lithuania, the Ukraine, or Russia. During the conference, we will offer a tour of a seventeenth-century synagogue in nearby Tykocin and a trip to the national forest of Bialowieza, where we will hold our final banquet. Both before and after the conference, four-day group tours by minibus of Warsaw and Krakow will be available.

Note: U.S. citizens need no visa to visit Poland.




The 17th International Conference in Literature and Psychology,

University of Bialystok, Poland

July 6-10, 2000

Thursday, July 6

Arrival. Pick up at the Warsaw airport and ride to Bialystok.

Reception in the evening at Hotel Cristal (7-8:30).

Dinner. (All meals will be at the Hotel Cristal.)

Movie in English on VHS.

Friday, July 7

Morning plenary session in the grand hall of the eighteenth-century Branicki Palace (8-9:30 a.m.).

Plenary talk by Professor Pawel Dybel of Humboldt Universität, Berlin, "The Dilemmas of Psychoanalytic Interpretation."

Morning sessions in the Economics Faculty (10:00-11:30).
Note: In two-person sessions, please limit paper reading time to 30 minutes per person. In three-person sessions, to 20 minutes. In each session, the last person listed is the presiding Chair, responsible for introductions and timekeeping.

Session 1A. 11:00-12:30: Polanski and Kieslowski

Georgiana Colville, Paris, France - The European Polanski and the Return of the Repressed: Cul de sac (1966) and Death and the Maiden (1995)

Marcia Green, San Francisco State U, San Francisco CA - Kieslowski's Double (Lives In) Véronique

Session 1B. 11:00-12:30: Cultural Studies

Sandra Lee Braude, South Africa - Truth and Reconciliation: A Comparative Examination of Recent South African Writing in English

Samir Dayal, Bentley College, Waltham MA - Desire and the Politics of Multiculturalism


Afternoon sessions in the Economics Faculty (2-3:30; 4-5:30)

Session 2A. 2-3:30: History of Psychoanalysis

Elizabeth Fox, MIT, Cambridge MA - Identification and Projection in Rivière's Paper on The Master Builder

Peter Rudnytsky, U of Florida, Gainesville FL - The Eternal Displacement: Reflections on the Rank-Nin Relationship

Session 2B. 2-3:30: Conrad

Dariusz Sleszynski, Sacred Heart U - Joseph Conrad's Psychological Journey of Becoming a Novelist

Pierre Met, Université de Paris Sud, Sceaux France - Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness

Session 3A. 4-5:30: Love

Scott Sprenger, U of California, Los Angeles CA - The Trauma of Modernity in Balzac's The Wild Ass Skin

Anca Mitroi, Brigham Young U, Provo UT - Apollinaire: The Past of Passion

Frances Vargas Gibbons, LA State U, Alexandria LA - Love's Enemies in the Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Session 3B. 4-5:30: German Literature

Peter Blickle, Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo MI - The Idea of Heimat: A Concept of Home in Modern German Thinking

Max Ticktin, George Washington U, Washington DC - From Freud's Vienna: Two Literary Portraits of the Biblical Jeremiah


Evening: choice of movie in English on VHS or pub tour.

Saturday, July 8

Morning sessions (9-10:30; 11:00-12:30)

Session 4A. 9-10:30: German Literature

Jennifer Cushman, U of Minnesota, Morris MN - Imaging Logos: The Psychology of Sensing in Rilke's Poetry.

David Landau and Jim Linnell, U of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM - Bertolt Brecht's Puntila: The Dynamics of Duality or the Monster in the Garden

Session 4B. 9-10:30: Gender

Charlotte Ann Frick, City U of New York, NY - The Gender Wheel: Concerning Gender and Sexual Identification Issues

Judith Kegan Gardiner, U of Illinois, Chicago IL - Anality, Masculinity, and South Park

Session 5A. 11:00-12:30: Holocaust

Anne Wyatt-Brown, U of Florida, Gainesville FL - Age, Memory and the Holocaust: Three Case Studies

Bert Wyatt-Brown, U of Florida, Gainesville FL - Sophie's Choice

Session 5B. 11:00-12:30: Mothers and Fathers

Chapman Chen, Hong Kong Polytechnic U, Hong Kong - A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Bai Xianyong's Death in Chicago

Samuel Roll, U of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM - Cultural Variations in Oedipal Literature


Afternoon tour to Tykocin

Late afternoon sessions (5:00-6:30)

Session 6A. 5:00-6:30: American Literature

Pat Fisher, Canadian Academy, Japan - Individuation in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

Anne Roth, U of California, Los Angeles CA - "I began to wonder how much of all this was true, how much, imagined, distorted": The Unreliability of Memory in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea

Session 6B. 5:00-6:30: Space and Dance

Marcia Landau and Jennifer Predock-Linnell, U of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM - Enter Achilles: An Exploration of Toxic Narcissism

Sherry Lutz Zivley, U of Houston, Houston TX - Phenomenology of Space Residence Hotels


Evening movie in English on VHS.

Sunday, July 9

Morning sessions (9-9:45; 10:00-11:15; 11:30-12:15)

Session 7A. 9:00-9:45: Henry James

Robert Silhol, Paris France - Henry James' s "The Figure in the Carpet"

Session 7B. 9:00-9:45: Madness and Creativity

Max Day, Newton Centre MA - The Madness of the Word-Lover: Dr. William Minor, Madman and Lexicographer

Session 8. 10:00-11:15: Film

Geoffrey Green, San Francisco State U, San Francisco CA - "Someone with a Low Self-Opinion..Draw[s]": Projective Mechanisms, Class Anxiety, and Cultural Paranoia in David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner

Andrew Gordon, U of FL, Gainesville, FL - White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Movies

Session 9. 11:30-12:15: Casablanca

Norman Holland, U of Florida, Gainesville, FL - My Casablanca

Conference wrapup and discussion of 2001 conference in Jerusalem.


Bus tour in afternoon to National Forest

Evening banquet

Monday, July 10

Morning departure after breakfast.

Registration & Papers

The registration fee of $125 includes the reception, coffee breaks, tours during the conference, and a final banquet. Make checks payable to GAP-INTERNATIONAL.

As ever, we invite papers that use psychoanalysis or other psychologies to address literature, film, or other arts such as photography or music. We welcome the participation of both scholars and mental health clinicians.

Following a decision of the Steering Committee, we will limit the number of papers to 55 to keep the conference to a reasonable size and eliminate the three-way simultaneous sessions we needed in recent years.

The DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 15, 2000 for receipt of all registration materials (registration forms, abstracts, and deposit). REFUNDS will be possible until JUNE 1, 2000. We prioritize people who wish to give papers on a first come-first served basis, and we will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations. Therefore we encourage you to complete your registration as soon as possible.

There is a registration form you can fill out. BUT note that your registration will not be complete and your priority for giving a paper established until we receive the follwing three items:

  1. REGISTRATION FORM with paper title,
  2. ABSTRACT. These abstracts enable us to place your paper in a session. They will also be published, so keep them brief (MAXIMUM 150 WORDS).
  3. CHECK for $125 payable to GAP-INTERNATIONAL.

    North American registrants should send their registration fees and materials to:
  • Mrs. Sonja Moreno
    IPSA / Department of English
    P.O. Box 117310
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL 32611-7310

    Because our local bank puts a heavy surcharge on foreign checks, Western European and other registrants should send their registration with a Eurocheque for $125 U.S. or the equivalent in French francs or euros, to:

  • Professeur Robert SILHOL
    U.E.R. Institut d'Anglais Charles V
    10 rue Charles V
    75004 Paris FRANCE

    Registrants from Poland, Hungary, other Eastern European countries, and Russia should inquire about registering at a reduced rare by contacting:

  • Professor Czeslaw Dziekanowski

  • Centre for Psychoanalysis
    Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology
    University of Bialystok
    (in Polish:
    Pracownia Psychoanalizy
    Wydzial Pedagogiki i Psychologii
    Uniwersytet w Bia3ymstoku)
    15 328 Bialystok, POLAND
    ul. Swierkowa 20
    Tel/Fax: (001)(48 85) 745 73 95



All conferees can make hotel reservations at the HOTEL CRISTAL, a three-star hotel in Bialystok, by phone, fax, or e-mail and pay the hotel by credit card. We assume most conferees will arrive July 6 and depart July 10. We have reserved 30 singles and 20 doubles at a special conference rate of 190 Polish zlotys for a double (about $47) and 170 zlotys for a single (about $42), which is lower than the regular rate. All rooms have a bathroom with shower, telephone, and TV. The price includes breakfast. Lunch at the hotel is 30 zlotys (about $7.50) and dinner about the same.


Warsaw Tour

We have looked into the possibility with the Hotel Cristal travel agency of a four-day tour, Warsaw-Krakow-Warsaw, before the conference (July 2-5), via minibus, for 6-10 people:

Day 1

Meeting at airport (Okecie Warsaw), transport to three-star hotel. Tour through Old town, city park (Lazienki).

Day 2

After breakfast tourism: King's Palace, King's Summer Palace in Wilanow. Late afternoon transport to three-star hotel in Krakow.

Day 3

After breakfast tourism: Wawel (Castle on a hill). Afternoon free time.

Day 4

After breakfast tourism: Old town, Cathedral, Kazimierz (formerly the Jewish quarter). Late afternoon transport to Warsaw. End of tour.

The price of $455 per person includes:

  • transport by minibus Warsaw-Krakow-Warsaw and all transportation during tourism
  • three nights in three-star hotels (all good quality and close to the center of the city) with breakfast
  • English speaking guide
  • tickets

These prices assume 6-10 people. A similar tour could be provided July 10-13, after the conference. We will have more details soon, but in the meantime, please let us know on the registration form if you would be interested in a Warsaw-Krakow tour, and when.

We will provide updated data as soon as we can at our Web site and on the PSYART list. Please, therefore, from time to time recheck the site or email us for updates. Update your registration form as your plans become firmer, by resending the form or re-registering from the Web site.


Registration Form for the 2000 International Conference

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