Brigid Doherty, Princeton University

Associate Professor Princeton, New Jersey bdoherty@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-7258

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Professor Doherty's current research is connected most directly to two book projects. The first, “Homesickness for Things,” explores how, in 20th-century German modernism and its present-day aftermath, objects—among them persons and works of art—become containers for fantasies of return to a mate...

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Bio/Research

Professor Doherty's current research is connected most directly to two book projects. The first, “Homesickness for Things,” explores how, in 20th-century German modernism and its present-day aftermath, objects—among them persons and works of art—become containers for fantasies of return to a maternal body or family home (each broadly conceived, in material as well as symbolic terms). The project further investigates how such fantasies come, in turn, to provide a basis for various ethical and political positions with regard to our understanding of history. “Homesickness for Things” situates the work of writers and artists, including the early-20th-century poet Rainer Maria Rilke and late- 20th-century artist Hanne Darboven, in relation to theories of “projective identification” and related phenomena of thinking, feeling, and intersubjectivity in psychoanalysis from Sándor Ferenczi to Wilfred Bion. The second book project is a monograph on the work of contemporary artist Rosemarie Trockel.

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