Dora, Hysteria and Gender

Reconsidering Freud’s Case Study

Daniela Finzi (Editor), Herman Westerink (Editor),

Series: Figures of the Unconscious 16

Category: Gender Studies, Psychoanalysis, Psychology

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462701564

Publication date: September 7, 2018

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Number of pages: 152

Size: 234 x 156 x 10 mm

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Series: Figures of the Unconscious 16

Category: Gender Studies, Psychoanalysis, Psychology

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461662613

ISBN: 9789461662613

Publication date: September 7, 2018

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Freud’s Dora case and contemporary debates on gender, sexuality and queer theory
‘Dora’ is one the most important and interesting case studies Sigmund Freud conducted and later described. It constitutes a key text in his oeuvre and finds itself at the crossroads of his studies in hysteria, the theory of sexuality and dream interpretation. The Dora case is both a literary and theoretically ground-breaking text and an account of a ‘failed’ treatment. In Dora, Hysteria and Gender renowned Freud scholars reflect on the Dora case, presenting various innovative and controversial perspectives and elaborating the significance of the text for contemporary debates on gender, sexuality and queer theory.

This volume is of interest for psychoanalysts and scholars working on psychoanalysis, sexuality, gender, queer theory, philosophical anthropology and literary studies.

Contributors: Rachel B. Blass (Heythrop College, University of London), Daniela Finzi (Sigmund Freud Foundation), Esther Hutfless (University of Vienna), Ulrike Kadi (Medical University of Vienna), Ilka Quindeau (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences), Beatriz Santos (University Paris VII Diderot), Philippe Van Haute (Radboud University Nijmegen), Herman Westerink (Radboud University Nijmegen), Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein (Sigmund Freud University in Vienna)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Preface Monika Pessler
Introduction Daniela Finzi and Herman Westerink
Narrative Strategies and Hermeneutic Desire: Constructions of a Case History Daniela Finzi
The Analytic Denial of Freud’s Struggle with the Understanding of Dora: Simplifying the Oedipus Complex and the Process of its Adoption Rachel B. Blass
Sexuality and Knowledge in Dora’s Case Beatriz Santos
Trauma and Disgust: Dora between Freud and Laplanche Philippe Van Haute
Sucking, Kissing and Disgust – Dora and the Theory of Infantile Sexuality Herman Westerink
Dora, the Un-Ending and ever Unraveling Story Jeanne Wolff Bernstein
On the Signification of Dora’s Father Ulrike Kadi
From Dora to Conchita: Recent Views on Gender and Sexuality in Psychoanalysis Ilka Quindeau
The Case of Dora – A Queer Perspective on Hysteria and Perversion Esther Hutfless
Notes on the Contributors

Daniela Finzi

Daniela Finzi is head of the research department of the Sigmund Freud Museum and member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Foundation.

Herman Westerink

Herman Westerink is endowed and associate professor at the Center for Contemporary Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen.

Rachel B. Blass

Beatriz Santos

Philippe Van Haute

Philippe Van Haute (†) was professor of philosophical anthropology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, a practising psychoanalyst at the Belgian School for Psychoanalysis and extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria.

Jeanne Wolff Bernstein

Ulrike Kadi

Ilka Quindeau

Esther Hutfless

With its searing insights, this slim volume is an essential text with many virtues. From accounting for the Dora case as a roman à clef to providing a robust intellectual history of psychoanalysis, the book is a rich canvas of a century of interpretations. It is also an indispensable map of gender and sexuality, with its changing landmarks clearly signposted, and, above all, it paints a granular clinical picture of the most compelling case that continues to haunt and remold psychoanalysis.
Shruti Kapila, Isis—Volume 112, Number 1, March 2021,

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