Anna Freud's Loom

Holmboe, Rye (2021) Anna Freud's Loom. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 102 (5). pp. 932-949. ISSN 0020-7578

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‘Anna Freud's Loom’ examines Anna Freud's relationship to weaving. Adopting a form of weaverly thinking, I begin by offering an account of Anna Freud's work at the loom as recollected by her friend and colleague Manna Friedmann. I go on to describe how a metaphorics connected to weaving is often employed in psychoanalytic literature, especially in the writings of Sigmund Freud, which I situate in relationship to the Freud family's historical and personal relationship to textiles. The article then examines Anna Freud's use of weaving as a therapeutic tool and as a process akin to the work of mourning. For Anna Freud, weaving was, I suggest, a kind of grief-work.

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Additional Information: Acknowledgements: An early version of this paper was given at 'Anni Albers and the Modernist Textile', a conference held at University College London in 2019. I would like to thank the organiser of this conference, Briony Fer, for inviting me to speak. Thank you also to the Leverhulme Trust for generously supporting my research, and to Bryony Davies at the Freud Museum.
Uncontrolled Keywords: anna freud,weaving,creative process,mourning,weaving,creative process,mourning,psychiatry and mental health,clinical psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Legible / Visible
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 14:30
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 00:38
DOI: 10.1080/00207578.2021.1952874

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