At Home in the World

A Study in Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Art


The emotional separation of boys from their mothers in early childhood enables them to connect with their fathers and their fathers’ world. But this separation also produces a melancholic reaction of sadness and sense of loss. Certain religious sensibilities develop out of this melancholic reaction, including a sense of honor, a sense of hope, and a sense of humor. Realizing that they cannot return to their original maternal environment, men, whether knowingly or not, embark on a lifelong search for a sense of being at home in the world. 'At Home in the World' focuses on works of art as a means to explore the formation and continuing expression of men’s melancholy selves and their religious sensibilities. Th ese explorations include such topics as male viewers’ mixed feelings toward the maternal figure, physical se ings that o er alternatives to the maternal environment, and the maternal resonances of the world of nature. By presenting images of the natural world as the locus of peace and contentment, 'At Home in the World' especially reflects of the religious sensibility of hope.
  • The Lutterworth Press; September 2013
  • ISBN 9780718841676
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  • Title: At Home in the World
  • Author: Donald Capps
  • Imprint: The Lutterworth Press