Extension Committee

247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd, NY, NY, 10028





George Mandelbaum, Ph.D.

7:30 – 9 pm
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2012
(5 sessions)
Fee: $125

August Strindberg [1849-1912], who along with Ibsen and Chekhov initiated modern drama, revolutionized the dramatic medium so that it no longer reflected an external consensual reality but rather the playwright’s own inner states. We will psychoanalytically examine some of Strindberg’s efforts to give his extraordinary inner states dramatic expression.

“…for two decades Strindberg suffered from a well-known describable process which we might classify as schizophrenic, paraphrenic or paranoid. The terminology matters little…. [In Strindberg] the process begins in the [1880’s]. It progresses by means of two major thrusts, which occur and culminate in 1887 and 1896…. The first attack produces the classical manic state of jealousy….The second attack brings in its train a great number of hallucinatory and paranoid experiences…. [In] 1897, a major calm ushers in the final phase.”
–Karl Jaspers Strindberg and van Gogh

The following plays will be covered: The Father (1890), To Damascus Part I (1898), A Dream Play (1901), and The Ghost Sonata (1907).

Suggested reading: Strindberg The Confession of a Fool (1888) and The Inferno (1897); Freud The Schreber Case; Louis A. Sass Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought.

Dr. Mandelbaum received his BA summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and his MA and PhD from Columbia University, where he studied as a Faculty Fellow. He is a former tenured Associate Professor of English Literature and Humanities at Mercy College. His paper, “Some Observations on Value and Greatness in Drama,” was published in the April 2011 issue of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Registration will be available starting August 27, 2012

at 212-879-6900

and shortly thereafter at

Please call 212-879-6900 after August 27, 2012 with any questions.

Information Regarding CE Credit for Psychologists

Educational Objectives:

This course is designed to help you:

1. Identify the concept of narcissistic masochism and of
schizophrenic mental processes

2. Identify the transformation of personal psychic material into a publicly recognizable dramatic form.

3. Identify the creative processes and intrapsychic dynamics involved in bringing about new artistic constructs.

Who Should Attend:

Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and licensed psychotherapists).

APA-approved CE Credits:

Psychologists: The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. NYPSI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA-approved CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credit will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form and payment as described. It is the responsibility of participants seeking APA-approved CE credits to comply with these requirements.

If you would like CE credit, please notify the instructor and specify your email address. At the end of the program, you will receive an evaluation form. Upon receipt of the completed evaluation form and your payment, you will receive a PDF via email of your CE credits.

Persons with disabilities:

The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.


None of the planners or presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Information Regarding CME Credit for Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [7.5] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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