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november, 2017

17nov12:00 pm2:00 pmThe Archive of Psychoanalysis : The Temptation of the Plot in Freud’s Studies on Hysteria with Isabelle Alfandary


Event Details

In this presentation, I wish to examine the narrative and dramatic models that presided over the writing of the first case studies of psychoanalysis in Studies on Hysteria, which appeared in 1895, and were signed by Breuer and Freud. The writing of these case studies is the first writing of psychoanalysis: with Studies on Hysteria, psychoanalysis shares for the first time its clinical experience and founds a theoretical base. I will attempt to show that the writing of case studies is not neutral, that it does not come out of nowhere, that it borrows from certain schemas—especially literary—whose determinations, whose epistemological unthought (l’impensé), even, is far from being indifferent to the production of knowledge that accompanies it. The writing of case studies fashions the manner in which psychoanalysis invents itself as both, clinic and theory; it shapes the manner that psychoanalysis has of articulating theory and clinic of the unconscious.

About the Speaker

Isabelle Alfandary is a Professor of American Literature and Critical Theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is President of Collège International de Philosophi.

cosponsored by CCCCT and ICLS


(Friday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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