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Mignon Nixon appraises a wide variety of representations of the psychoanalytic situation in her essay “On the Couch,” first published in the journal October in 2005. The essay both gathers and interrogates a suite of visual projects that have sought to make the clinical scene visible in film, photography, and conceptual art. In so doing, Nixon draws a link between the psychoanalytic and the visual frame. By focusing on the couch, Nixon offers a reconsideration of the notion of transference for both psychoanalytic theory and aesthetics.

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