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Psychoanalysis and cinema in the context of university education

Grant number: 20/14840-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2021
Effective date (End): March 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal Investigator:Érico Bruno Viana Campos
Grantee:Fábio Ramos Teixeira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


Initially limited to disseminating the historical and theoretical-conceptual foundations of Psychoanalysis, cinema gradually consolidated itself as an object for psychoanalytic interpretation. This was mainly done by means of psychoanalytic film analysis, whose main methodological trends were categorized by Metz (1980), Gabbard (2001) and articulated by Slavoj Zizek in the documentary "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema". At national level, the prestige of the psychoanalysis-cinema interface has been rising over the past decade, corroborating the introduction of movies into the context of university education: either as didactic and illustrative resources for historical characterization of Psychoanalysis, through films such as "Freud: The Secret Passion" and "The Invention of Psychoanalysis", or as resources for the transmission of the psychoanalytic experience, through psychoanalysis applied to film narratives. Considering these aspects, the present project aims to characterize the psychoanalytic film analysis that has been reported in the national literature and its contributions as a didactic resource for transmission of the psychoanalytic experience at university, with regard to an undergraduate Psychology course. It is an exploratory study with a literature review design combined with a survey-based research. Through an online student satisfaction questionnaire, about 200 Psychology students from São Paulo State University - regularly enrolled in curricular disciplines that utilize cinema as a pedagogical strategy - will participate in the study. The collected data will be explored by descriptive and comparative analyses, as well as by the psychoanalytical theoretical-conceptual apparatus. Therefore, it is expected to contribute both to future studies of psychoanalysis applied to cinema and to the issue of teaching Psychoanalysis at university level.