Rendering Unconscious welcomes Nina Antonia to the podcast!
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Nina Antonia is here to discuss her new book Dancing with Salomé: Courting the Uncanny with Oscar Wilde & Friends. Dancing with Salomé unmasks the occult aspects of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated tome The Picture of Dorian Gray, whilst exploring how the unseen manifested not just in the famous author’s life but in that of his love interest, Lord Alfred Douglas. Through a series of interlinking essays, Nina Antonia takes us to meet the Decadent demi-monde of the 1890’s with whom Wilde and Douglas mingled. Whilst eroticism and mysticism were key themes of the Decadents, there was also a surge of interest in ritual magic, enabled by the flowering of the “Golden Dawn.” Wilde’s wife, Constance, was a member, as was W.B. Yeats, alongside Aleister Crowley. All would play a part, directly or indirectly, in the drama of Oscar Wilde’s enchanted & accursed life.
Follow her at Twitter: @NinaAntonia13
Join us April 24th at Morbid Anatomy online via zoom 2PM NYC / 7PM UK: Uncanny Aspects of Oscar Wilde: “Dancing With Salome: Decadence & the Supernatural” by Nina Antonia and “Activating Wilde’s World View” by Robert Podgurski
This episode also available at YouTube:
Also coming up in the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series:
March 27th – “The Compleat Story: How Anton LaVey Created The Compleat Witch” by Peggy Nadramia: Part of the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult Series, Live on Zoom, Morbid Anatomy Museum, online.
May 22nd – “The Death Drive on Film” by Mary Wild and “The Revolution will go Viral… on Sexting, the Digital & Contagion” by Dr Clint Burnham, Morbid Anatomy Museum, online.
Dr. Sinclair is the author of The Pathways of the Heart (Trapart Books, 2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2020) and Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016).
Dr. Sinclair is the editor of Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019) Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy (Trapart Books, 2021) with Dr. Elisabeth Punzi, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) co-edited with Dr. Manya Steinkoler, and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9 (Trapart Books, 2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson.
The song at the end of the episode is “Everyone I’ve ever dreamed of being” by Carl Abrahamsson & Vanessa Sinclair from “Switching” available digitally on Bandcamp. And as part of a Switching / Mirrors CD boxset.
Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.
Image: cover of Dancing with Salomé: Courting the Uncanny with Oscar Wilde & Friends by Nina Antonia