Subject: Re: [Fwd: Spider-Man and a general question]
I like it! I was struck by similar themes in the film.
How about the manic defense in SpM and GWB? The first is
a conveniently fictional manic defense - it works - in the form of
weightless-supersticky-really fast and strong; GWB in the Pangloss/Machiavelli
lovechild need to put a positive spin on each and every bit of news; the
renunciation of all accountability, and the refusal to acknowledge even partial
Peter Parker, at least, managed to document actual achievements, and
refused to give himself a vacation, much less multi-million dollar parties, or
medals of deity to his cohorts. SpM was a model of reparation; GWB, of
Disclaimer: I believe the myth of the Superhero, free of moral
ambiguity, is alive and kicking/sticking, quite relevant these days.
My comments about the Pres shall be confined to this context only.
----- Original Message -----
From: Norman Holland <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 3:40 pm
Subject: [Fwd: Spider-Man and a general question]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Spider-Man and
a general question
> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 16:37:15 -0000
Terry Burridge <[log in to unmask]>
> To: 'Institute for
Psychological Study of the Arts'
> <[log in to unmask]>
> I posted a question about spider-Man a couple of
weeks ago which
> got no
> response. (Which is the privilege of a
group, to ignore posts that
> donítspark any interest.) I wasnít sure,
though, if my message
> actually got
> through. Most of the
postings seem to be a FW.this or FW that. Iím not
> quite clear where new
postings to this group come from, or if they are
> forwards that Norman
has seen/ received which he thinks might be of
> general interest. Iíd
appreciate some clarification from somebody,
> please. Thatís my general
point. My second one is to re-post my
> Spider-Man question in the hope
that it might spark some interest.
> So, my
Spider-Man question runs something like this:
> It struck me that the recent Spider-Man movie had lots of interesting
> psychological/ emotional overtones. Thereís the whole issue of
> true identity which echoed Winnicottís work on True and False
> self. Then
> there are Kleinian themes of guilt and Reparation.
> fosterfather is killed as a result of his inaction in an
> situation.His life as Spider-Man seems to be an attempt to
> for this mistake.
> Does this have any national
connections for America at the moment- and
> for Bush Jnr.? I can see
various other themes, but hoped that a group,
> whose remit was to look
at a psychological study of the Arts,
> might have
> some thoughts
as well. Please donít disappoint me!