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Jeremy Tambling

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086731

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086731.001.0001

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Freud, Lacan: hysteria, paranoia, psychosis

Freud, Lacan: hysteria, paranoia, psychosis

(p.120) 7 Freud, Lacan: hysteria, paranoia, psychosis
Literature and Psychoanalysis

Jeremy Tambling

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents three of Freud's ‘case-histories’: Dora, diagnosed as hysterical; Schreber, a paranoid schizophrenic; and the Wolf Man, a case of infantile neurosis, in order to approach Lacan on paranoia and psychosis. The ‘Dora’ case turned out negatively. For the other two, Lacan has been one of the most significant commentators. The discussion raises the question of literature and madness, literature as a form of madness, enabled to be so by psychoanalytic theory about language, and also discusses the power of the Real in relationship to psychosis.

Keywords:   Schreber, Dora, Freud's case histories, Jacques Lacan, Wolf Man, infantile neurosis, madness, psychoanalytic theory

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