Mother – Son: Psychoanalytic Reflections in Joël Pommerat’s Play, This Child


  • Nektarios-Georgios Konstantinidis Athens University


Pommerat, Oedipus complex, mother-son relationship, possessiveness, obsession, denial, homeopathy


This article proposes an analysis of the sixth scene of Joël Pommerat’s work, This Child, from the perspective of some theorems of psychoanalysis. The French writer introduces the reader/ viewer/ listener to a world of fast-paced plot with the help of autonomous characteristic snapshots that make up his works. In the sixth scene, Pommerat negotiates the unhealthy relationship between a young mother and her underage son where compulsion,  possessiveness and latent Oedipal references reign supreme. On the verge of a creeping threat, the mother exerts psychological violence on the young student whom she prevents from leaving for school and pressures her to keep close to home creating a suffocating circle, a space-time that tends to assimilate people and things. Silence is inevitable…

Author Biography

Nektarios-Georgios Konstantinidis, Athens University

Nektarios-Georgios Konstantinidis (b. 1981) holds a PhD (with honors) from the Department of French Language and Literature of the University of Athens (IKY scholarship holder). He is a theater critic and translator. Since October 2016 he has been conducting postdoctoral research in the Department of Theatrical Studies of the University of Athens on “French-speaking theatre of the Greek stage of the 21st century”. His texts related to theatre are published in newspapers, journals, magazines, and web pages in Greece and abroad. He actively participates in speeches and conferences. His translations of French-language plays have been published and presented by Greek troupes. He is a member of the Center for Semantics of the Theatre and the Scientific Committee of the magazine Theatrographies.



How to Cite

Konstantinidis, N.-G. (2021). Mother – Son: Psychoanalytic Reflections in Joël Pommerat’s Play, This Child. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 66(1), 217–232. Retrieved from