topoanlysis

“Of course, thanks to the house, a great many of our memories are housed, and if the house is a bit elaborate, if it has a cellar and a garret, nooks and corridors, our memories have refuges that are all the more clearly delineated. All our lives we come back to them in our daydreams. A psychoanalyst should, therefore, turn his attention to this simple localization of our memories. I should like to give the name of topoanalysis to this auxiliary of psychoanalysis. Topoanalysis, then would be the systematic psychological study of the sites of our intimate lives.”

Gaston Bachelard: The Poetics of Space (La Poétique de l’Espace), 1958

The house, the most intimate of all spaces, “protects the daydreamer” and therefore understanding the house is for Bachelard a way to understand the soul.

Mariam Ghani: A Brief History of Collapses (excerpt)

4 comments on “topoanlysis

  1. Topoanalysis…yes, I think so, setting as a memory store. Setting is broader, I know, but for me place–location–is a storehouse of lives lived. Sometimes, my life happened there, too. Karen

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