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In essence, ‘Transference’ is believed to be the sine qua non of psychoanalysis. But I think that also in poetry and literary matters interpretation of the stimuli behind the process of transference is of major importance.
What do I mean with “transference”? In a general sense, the ability to communicate and transmit one’s feelings and ideas, one’s intra and extra psychic perceptions, which encompass the artist’s relationship with his or her experiences of the world – say the totality of one’s mental processes – to transcend oneself and project on others the psychological, affective and creative passions one might wish to articulate or shape in order to inform reality with new meanings.
In this light, transcendence is nothing but the creative drive to produce something for an audience, a cultural aesthetic tradition, a group of people. What role poetry and the arts in general play in this interaction? They play the role of the therapist, being, as they are, the very tools, the mediums for transference to happen and let mutual experiences of inter-personal phenomena be enacted. We could start from the assumption that reality is interpreted as perception.
Therefore, transference in the visual or verbal arts can be seen as a way to interpret reality starting from it and going beyond its frame, a communicative attempt to transfer to others one’s understanding of it, from both a rational and unconscious perspective, whereas unconscious or irrational accounts of the world’s phenomena are not only to be taken as metaphors, but as a hyper-communicative constructions (as in the Surrealist attempts to organize in a complex structure the unfathomable mental experiences that occur in dreaming where reality is superimposed by our interpretations and marked by an fundamental unpredictability of response).
So, in my understanding, the term “transference” refers to the author’s chosen mean of transports, say the artistic forms he or she engages in as getaways to verbal or visual disclosure, or, if you prefer, “revelation”. Revelation, here, is not to be intended, of course, in a mystical and esoteric sense, but merely as the epiphany of the real: the fantastical but also the logical and organizational experience of the relationship of the author’s mind with his materials and tools as well as with the factual actions needed to transfer these experiences and epiphanies to the external world (say, of letting one’s creations move beyond any encompassed intra-psychic realm).
Moreover, when one reflects upon these peculiar aspects of creation, we will see how much of the artist’s verbal or visual expressions involve material derived from his conscious as well as from his unconscious perceptions of the world in terms of “facts of life” and “imaginative constructions.”
I would also like to underline a necessary distinction between perceptions of reality and expressions of fantasy, conscious and unconscious, types of attacks one is bound to have, both in the artist and in the spectator, which occur within this process of transference. This will allow understanding the role that both parties have in this exchange which is made possible by multiple shifting interpretative steps through verbal and non-verbal vehicles of transactions. Transference, thus, as an interactional process involving no notion of passivity of the audience whatsoever.
The idea involves not only the centrality of interpretation as such, but that of translation, in its creative interaction with a given text for the circulation and regeneration of ideas and aesthetical values through literature and beyond it, with the consequent radical questioning of the cultural, aesthetical, ideological standards being transmitted. The revolution of Ezra Pound’s translation of Chinese poems (that he merely decoded with the aid of extensive notes) lies without a doubt in the centrality neither of the poet nor of the translator as implicit authorities but of the idea of “transference” itself in relation to the chosen means of transport.
To conclude, I’d like to suggest an image and a poem which will synthesize better than any of my theoretical explanations my idea of transference, and it is that of Icarus flying high towards the sun, following the spirit of his father’s project of freedom, but meeting the dissipating, if not disastrous, outcome of his young soul’s drive to extend that freedom beyond all limits.
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