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My thesis explores the idea that in the wake of the First World War two radically different trauma narratives emerged within English culture that tried to come to terms with the events and experiences of 1914-18. More specifically, I argue that although one such trauma narrative, which stresses futility, loss and disillusionment, continues to dominate the cultural discourse even a century later, there has always been a ‘counter-narrative' that has attempted to ‘restore' a particular version of ‘Englishness' that circumvents the real trauma and loss of the War. In recent times this ‘counter-narrative' has manifested itself ideologically and politically in the form of the Brexit vote in 2016 and the election of a national populist government in December 2019. My research utilises a number of key psychoanalytic and related concepts to explore the development of such narrative including trauma, Nachträglichkeit, the Real, nostalgia, and cultural trauma.
My background is in mental health, with particular experience of working with psychosis. Having worked as a Lacanian analyst in private practice since 2005 I now wish to explore the possibilities of using Lacanian theory ‘beyond the clinic' in order to throw light on a very topical, and in many ways troubling, phenomenon, namely, the rise of right-wing populism. I have always had a great interest in the concept of applying psychoanalysis beyond the clinical environment, and in 2011 I began to develop this interest through blogging, using Lacan's concept of the Real as the underlying theme. Throughout my clinical work I have always had a particular interest in trauma, and how it links to the concept of the Real.
Chapman, L. (2012, February) 'Stress in the City', Therapy Today, 23, 1 Available at http://www.therapytoday.net/article/show/2896/
Chapman, L. (2008) ‘How does "the State" regulate?' In Parker, I. (2008). Psychoanalytic Practice and State Regulation. London: Routledge.
Chapman, L. (2012), ‘Evidenceâ€Based Practice, Talking Therapies and the New Taylorism'. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 10: 33-44
Psychoanalysis and State Regulation Conference, London, 2006. Paper: Psychoanalysis: part of the problem or the solution?
Psychotherapy and Liberation Conference, London, 2008. Paper: Is the Personal Political?
Psychotherapy and Politics Conference, Glasgow, 2009. Paper: Rethinking the ‘Political'