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Jjterature, Psychiatry Being Merged Now ssimis lipiivwn miv/'iiiniriL-fL. insights of writers lo the teach- mcannm ithasforthnm c,.if ., ,,,,,,! -..,.. ,,. ,_.. -u«_ _ -rr-...-..., n__.i*^ *^ Missions lit'lwi-en psychiatrists and mental palienls at Northwestern - s Memorial Hospital may well include more Shakespeare. Frost and Sartre these davs than Freud. Literature and psychiatry are being merged in a program that brings Ihe I HEATER''" | CALENDAR When provided by Ihe management of triearers listed in Ir-e calendar. Film ' ratings based on a system devised by Ihe Mo'ion Picture Association ot Am erica Inctvded (in parenthesis!. K e y : ' G-- Suggested lor General a-jtiiences; GP--All ages admiHed bul parentdl- gu'-dance suggested; R--Persons u.-xJer 17 no* admiited cnicss acco.-npa- . nied bY paienls or gu-ird^n; X--. Persons under i; nol admiited "be- cakne of sex, violence, crime cr profanity." 'CROWN Sun-Wed. "Sony of the South" ( O l in color, also "The Aristocals". in color. Starts Tlnirs. "Hitler. Ihc I.;isl Ten Days" (PC) in color with Alex Gninoss Sal. Family Mai: 'The Uist Roundup" i('ii with Gene Autry. I'AI'IU Now playing "While Lightning" il'C,i in color wilh Burl Reynolds. CAK01.INA Sun-Thurs "l-'ox Style" R i :n color with Chuck Daniels. Kn-Sat. "liox Car Bertha" ' Id in color wilh Harbara llcr- «hcy. also. "The Lawman" · l'(! i in color wilh Burl I.an- '.·a.slci'. CIKCI.K Sun-Thurs. --lialtle of the I'iancl of the Apes." (I'd) in color with Roddy McDowell Fri-Sal. "The Magnificent Seven Itidcs" il'di in color with Lee Van Clccf. also "Can- dv" i R j LJI t'nlor I'AI.MKTrODRIVKIN Sun-Wed. "The Manhan- illers" t R i in color Thnrs-Siil. "RevciiLie of Ihe Living Dead" il'Cti in color. "Curse of Ihc Living Dead" i i'Gt in color, and "l-'an^s uf the Livini! Dead" . insighl itiy and practice cholhcrapy. ByC. G.McDANIKL AT Science Writer CHICAGO ( A l ' t - A group of young psychiatrists sit around a table with a pol of coffee and a plate of cookies and talk about the meaning of a play. Across the slrei'l. in the dayroom of a psychiatric ward, a group of patients sit around a table and talk with a poet about poetry. Literature and psychiatry are being merged in a program al Northwestern University medical school which brings Ihe insights of writers to Ihe leaching and practice of psychotherapy. Residents in psychiatry -young doctors , receiving advanced training --are required to take a course in modern literature as parl of their study, ll is Ihoughl to be the first, perhaps only, such program in the country. Al Northwestern Memorial Hospital, psychiatric patients are invited lo mcel together to read poetry and discuss Ihe meaning it has for them, of psy- "Lilerary people have a highly practiced eye at observing human emotions." Dr. Harold M. Visotsky. chairman of psychiatry al (he medical school, explained in an interview'. "I am highly impressed wilh their abilily to portray in Ihe mosl graphic forms feeling, emotion.,distortion of emotion, passivity, etcetera." Visolskv said. The psychiatrist, former director of mental health for Illinois, conducted the course for residents before it was lurried over lo another teacher. The students were called upon then, for example, to diagnose Ihe problems of Holden Ciiulfield. principal character in J. D. Salinger's novel. Catcher in Ihe Rye. who is portrayed undergoing whal psy- c h i a t r i s t s rail "adolescent slorm." Janet Stern, who holds degrees in Knglish and is the daughter of two psychiatrists, lias been conducting the course for three years. Tobie Ziori Harris; the former wife of a psychiatrist and her- self a poet, instituted poetry therapy lasl Augiisl. , Mrs. Slern. pouring coffee with Ihe help of one of the students, (ells Ihe seven residents as the class begins that discussion the following week will be about The Story of 0. a sexually explicit novel. "I am interested in your response to the book," she tells them, adding that "It is a difficult book lo read because it is at limes unpleasant." And the students are asked to write down their responses he- fore [he next class discussion. Among questions they arc lo think about are the differences between erotic arl and pornography: whether the author, who wrote under a feminine pen name, is male or female, and whether Ihe novel represents reality or fantasy. Then begins a continuation of the previous week's consideration of "Dirty Hands." a seven- act play by Jean-Paul Sartre, a difficult French existentialist wriler. The story is about a young Communist party member. Hugo, who is assigned lo kill an older party official. Uocderer. who has deviated from current party dogma. Hugo is unable lo carry out his assignment until he catches llocderer kissing his wife. Jessica. Not surprisingly, the teachings of Sigmund Freudarecited by the students during Ihe discussion, and one cites ICrik Krickson. a leading contemporary psychoanalyst. The class ends, and the plot is resolved, wilh a discussion of the Freudian meaning of clean and dirly hands. Clean hands represent compulsivcness. ob- scssiveness. perfectionism, passivity, immaturity -- the so- called anal slage. Dirty hands represent an activist, the person Hugo becomes when he is finally able lo carry out (he assigned murder. The young doctors have been so enthusiastic over the literature course thai Ihey have asked that it be extended for longer than Ihe one quarter a year it is offered. And some who have been in Ihe course have formed a literary club, which includes their wives, and continue lo mcel to discuss lileralure. An older woman patient re- Mrs. Stern said in an inter- calls from her childhood the view she "would like to teach poem by Longfellow beginning. thestirdenlshowtorcad." "Under the spreading chestnut During their medical school Iree. the village smithy (raining il was necessary for stands."and recites it. them to memori/e facts, lo Asked why she likes il. she speed read lo gel through vast says. "Il's so human. He goes Superstar Creators Turning From Bible For Next Rock Opera Entry KDITOR'S N'OTK -- The young creators of "Jesus Chrisl Superslar" have seen their work go from a recording to a stage show and now a movie. With filming completed, they are abandoning the Bible as a source of siory ideas and plan their next rock opera around the characters of P.O. Wndp- house. SHOW BOAT UnhrMu'TV of South Cunlini Thulu MYRTLE BEACH CONVENTION CENTER n . v M A K Y C A M P H K U , Associated Press Wriler NEW YORK (APi -- "Jesus Christ Superstar" was first a recording, then a Broadway show. Now it's the first of that new-breed.- ambitious form ol pop music, the rock opera, lo become a motion picture. The only other rock opera to become well-known so far. "Tommy." came out as a Let The People Who Care Take Care of Your Car At The Downtown Car Wash STILL ONLY $2.25 For Full Service $1.25 For Exterior Only i Both Includes FREE Spray Wax 662-8882 Geter Rhodes, Owner Mar 369 N. Irby St. Florence, S. C. recording the same year thai "Superslar" did. in 19ffi). It sometimes lours as a ballet. But composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. 25. and lyricist Tim Rice. 28. aren't daunted by thtj sparse success of rock operas. The young Britishers have . brushed up the one they wrote before "Superslar." "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoal." and it's running on the stage in London. It miglil -- if (he demand warrants -follow "Superstar" lo Hroadway and screen. And the pair is working, lak- ing lime out for a Irip to America to attend the "Superstar" movie opening, on a third rock opera. The source for the first two was the Bible --the passion of Christ and Joseph -and his coat of many colors. This lime it's P.O. Wodehouse's liu morons nooks about tiertii. 1 Wooster. the upper-class British gentleman. a:id iiis butler Jeeves. Rice says. "We approached the other two liccause we thought they were good stories, rather than because they were in Ihe Bible. They were strong slories that happened lo be in the Bible. "We had to think of a follow- up. Over the last two or three years we played around wilh several ideas. Two and a half years ago. on a flight to I.os Angeles we were both reading Wodehouse hooks. We Ihoughl if we ever finished 'Superstar' we might think about that as a story." Christ Superstar" are not Jesus people. In fact they're tired of talking about it. Ricesays, "I'm 95 per cent convinced that Christ was not God. But we said that in passing and all the press landed on it. We kept trying to point out that the show didn't make positive points about the divinity of Chrisl or not." Rice and Webber worked with the film company on recording the movie's score, which was done in London before shooting began in Israel. Webber says. "Heing an opera film, it had" to be shot to fit the music. "My piano playing is in the film, on 'King llerrod's Song.' Obviously they mixed the wrung track in. We were mostly there to give advice. "We went to Israel, but when director Norman .lewison got into the driving seal, our con- tribulion really had to end. Rice doesn't think the verdicl on whether "Superstar" is a work of art or not will be lie cided for maybe a decade. "If we come up with one or two more hits in Ihe next 10 years, 'Superstar' will be regarded a= a very good show. If il is our only hil. everybody will regard it as terrible." Bui they're working, optimistically, on "Jeeves." They hope to have il written by Sep- lember and go into production, possibly on the I/indon stage, in the spring. Webber published his first music when lie was 0. He studied writing and orchestration al About "Jeeves." Rice say.s. "It's very hard to explain but it won't be self-consciously up to date, with everybody with beards and long hair and puffing at joints. One trouble with 'Superstar' was the overemphasis that il was up lo date and hip and groovy. ' "Bertie's lifestyle may be more common in the 1920s than now but his reactions and problems will be l!)70s-lype situations." Webber says. "I don'l really know anybody who is very like Bertie. But there are an awful lot of youngish people in England now whose families have got a bit of money. One sees them around and going to Annabelle's. "Evelyn Waugh says P.(l. Wodehouse will never die in modern times. He say.s lie's one of the finest writers in the English language and people will more and' more wanl to read about his idyllic world. "I think Wodehouse's books will have a huge revival of interest in the next 10 year's. All things are a bit cyclical. People rediscover people. I Ihink there will .be a popular revival of his books. "Our problem with (his show is going to be lo match them, because they arc superb. We got the rights to use all the books but it'll be about 70 per cent from one book. 'The Code of the Woosters.' "We've been out to visit the great mnn. Wodehouse. where tomes. "Il was matter of survival for Ihem." she said, but in Ihc course of it they lost the writing. The literature course, she said, "helps to sharpen their clinical skills." "II hopefully develops certain human qualities, sensitivity lo feelings and nuances." she added. "II ought to make them more aware of language, since psychiatry depends so much on the nuances of language." The lileralure. Mrs. Slern said, "oughl lo make them more articulale," this is their grealesl weakness, she said, and results from their medical school training. Visotsky .said. "Doctors are p e c u l i a r l y professionally tongue-lieu"' and that not many of Ihem write well. The literature, he said, "sensitizes .students, keeps Ihem looking for meaning and helps Ihem lo be more literate in describing palients to others." In becoming doctors, students learn pure science, and "the pure scientisl is not Ihe best one lo treat people." Ihe psychiatrist said. Doctors need the humanities arid the behavioral sciences "to make the prescription take." he said, noting lhal the physician's munncr has a lot to do with how much he can help Ihc patient. Poetry involves more feeling than older literary forms: it requires the reader lob: ing more of himself to the work, and herein lies ils value for psychotherapy. Each week Mrs. Harris meets wilh palients for an hour. The group varies, since Ihe patients are in hospital for short stays. and it encompasses a wide range of ages, education anr interests. The big sun-lit dayroom is filled with bookshelves, games, a television sel and comfortable furniture. Eighl patients and five members of the psychiatric staff assemble at a long table. Mrs. Harris begins by asking Ihe new patients if they read poetry and whal poetry they like. "Everything from Shakespeare (o h'rosl." a man responds. And he is asked lo recite something. He recalls one of Shakespeare's | sonncls. which begins: "When to Ihe sessions of .sweet silenl thought "1 summon up remembrances of things past..." And Mrs. Harris relates lhat the French writer Marcel Proust, who worked in a cork- lined room because he could not stand noise, had entitled one of his books "Remembrance of Things Pasl." through life in spite of his sorrows. He never lets down." Mrs. Harris announces. "We have a special treal Ihis mo-n- ing." and a red-bearded young man is called upon. He reads from a book of prayers of Ihe Baha'i faith. - Mosl of Ihe palicnis are moved by il. But one man feels "Thai's pretty strong stuff to lay on us." "I'm a Rod McKuenman'.you know that." he answers when asked whal poetry he likes, referring lo Ihe popular singer-lyricisl The more formal part of class begins wilh distribution of copies of a poem called "Grandparenls" by the contemporary American poet Robert l.owcll. Mrs. Harris tells the class lhat "creative effort is bought al a great price." "There is." she added, "loo much pain involved in creating fora lolnf people." Bui pods can produce Ijeauly out of their suffering, she reminds these patients who have themselves suffered. She tells them about some poets who also have been psychiatric palients. and of John Berryman and Sylvia Plalh. Iwo recent pocls who committed suicide. Visotsky said thai even though some of the memories and associations evoked in the pooiry session are painful for the patienls. Ihey later are remembered and used when the patients talk with their psychiatrists. Used in this way. the reading of poetry is therapeutic rather than recreational. In some pilals it is used the way and dance are used for lion. j; While Visotsky acknowledged this has a place, the Northwestern staff prefer to use elry "lo amplify the treatment process." ;1 In poetry therapy, Ihe rejl value is in learning "lo lisle;] with a practiced ear." hesaid. ; "Too many people are huh because jf distortions on a superficial level." he said, explaining that people wilh emo tional problems sometimes read mistaken meanings into the words of others. | Poetry has personal rele- v a n e e . he pointed Frequently, as wilh painting, there is no "right" interpretation, but the reader o'r viewer must immerse himself into Ide work and thereby learns about himself. Ide psychiatrist said. "Poetry, if it's really good. has a lot behind it." Mrs. said in an interview. "Our job here is to put back into the what the poet has lefl out." "These patients have a keen p e r c e p t i o n -they've Ihere." she said, adding thai they participate eagerly. "I think they have a good tirno. They don'l hold back." ! "Any life worth living has .some suffering in il." she said. "Bui you don'l wallow in il. make use of it." "1 know .where all these people have been." Mrs. Harris said. "I've been there myself." Angelo's Burgerland * Open 7 Days A 10:00 A.M. Tit 11:00 P.M. i *Sjje£ial 4 PC. Chicken'1* 1/2 Fried $1.35 Ycur Business Always Appreciated . Dir|. Hwy. FEorence.S.C " mum 3 delicious flavors and only 20e Sunday! -; · make the'whole family happy .^ \i-'r O F F E R GOOD S U N D A Y ONLY at Heirnies'" 317 South trby Slreel 1821 Wesl Palmetto Slreet

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  2. 08 Jul 1973, Sun,
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