Monika Loewy is in the final stages of completing her PhD in the English and Comparative Literature department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her thesis focuses on how psychoanalysis, film, fiction and post-structuralist literary theory can be linked to two physical syndromes: the phantom limb and Body Integrity Identity Disorder. She has also studied at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, is currently an associate tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London, and teaches adult education classes on psychoanalysis and film. Loewy is particularly interested in the ways in which object relations theory and contemporary French psychoanalysis can open dialogues about literature and film. Her thesis explores these links, along with the relationship between the body and the text, through the works of several theorists including Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, D.W. Winnicott, Joyce McDougall, André Green, Julia Kristeva, and Adam Phillips. The connections between psychoanalytic theory and the writings of Maurice Blanchot and Georges Perec are particularly central to her work.
Relevant publications include:
Psychoanalysis and Ethics in Documentary Film, Agnieszka Piotrowska. United Kingdom: Routledge, in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (May 2015)
‘Complete Amputation: Body Integrity Identity Disorder and Maurice Blanchot’ in Phantom Grief, Prosthetic Mourning: Amputation and the Semiotics of “Loss”’ (Forthcoming)
‘Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park: From Ashes to Ashes,’ in Special Issue: ‘American Exceptionalism in the Twenty-First Century,’ European Journal of American Culture, 33.3 (December 2014)