Erikson Institute

Current Scholar

Mark Stoholski, PhD is the current Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.Mark Stoholski, PhD, received his doctorate in comparative literature at Emory University; he then served as associate director of psychoanalytic studies at the same institution. His research addresses the theories of affect and aesthetics associated with the ancient Greek sophists, as well as their various afterlives in modern literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. His current project investigates the theoretical and clinical implications of affective symbolization, as it is portrayed by the authors of the “Budapest School” of psychoanalysis: Sándor Ferenczi, István Hollós, Imre Hermann, Nicolas Abraham, and Ivan Fónagy, amongst others.

Stoholski is co-editor, with Julie Gaillard and Claire Nouvet, of Traversals of Affect: On Jean-François Lyotard (Bloomsbury 2016). His current and presently forthcoming articles include examinations of the uses of Homeric poetry in ancient Greco-Egyptian ritual practice, the defensive function of music within Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, and the role of aesthetics in the thought of Democritus.