Rom J Psychoanal 2022, 15(2):15-30
Abstract: This article relates the notions of sensoriality/symbolization and individuality/groupality to writer Heinrich Böll’s modes of expression in Group Portrait with Lady. Its concreteness, sought by the writer behind each word, is related to sensoriality, recollection, phantasy and affectivity, using Freud’s view of the concrete imagery of dreamlike figuration as a reference. Because Böll imagines, starting with the title (Gruppenbild), the approach of knowing the individual in the context of a group, the work also attempts an exploration of the notion of group, where one may also identify concrete and abstract meanings.
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