Dora, Hysteria and Gender

Reconsidering Freud’s Case Study

Edited by Daniela Finzi and Herman Westerink and contributions by Daniela Finzi, Rachel B. Blass, Beatriz Santos, Philippe Van Haute, Herman Westerink, Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ulrike Kadi, Ilka Quindeau, and Esther Hutfless

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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).

Monika Pessler

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

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 10 mm

152 pages

ISBN: 9789462701564

Publication: September 07, 2018

Series: Figures of the Unconscious 16

Languages: English

Stock item number: 123623

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