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This multi-media lecture examines Carmen, a major opera character, dismissed by contemporary critics as a “prostitute of the gutter,” “wild animal” and “cynical harlot.” Featuring excerpts of performances, we explore several questions: can Carmen be diagnosed as a Malignant Narcissist or is she the early embodiment of the modern, sexually emancipated woman? Is her lover Don José what psychologists call “narcissistic food”? Is she an appealing predator or a victim? Does the audience experience what Aristotle described as “a purging of the spirit of morbid and base ideas or emotions by witnessing the playing out of such emotions or ideas on stage”?
Thu 2:30-3:45 pm • Sept. 29 • 1 session
Dr. Jasmin B. Cowin holds a Certificate from the Center of Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, lectures widely on psychology and opera as the aural roadway to the unconscious. Fulbright Scholar, University Pathway Facilitator at Education First, on the faculty at Westchester Community College & Teachers College/Columbia University, incoming President, NY Rotary Club No. 6, Host Club of America.