This is the first major analysis of Freud's five celebrated case studies of Little Hans, Dora, the Rat Man, the Wolf Man and Schreber. O'Neill sets out the details of each case and critically engages with the narratives using a mixture of psychoanalytical insight and social theory. The book provides a clear and powerful account of the five major case studies that helped to establish the Freud legend; situates the cases and the analysis into the appropriate social and historical contexts; offers distinctive interpretations of the symptomatic body, of illness as a language, dream work and the Madonna complex; and challenges us to revisit the canonical texts of psychoanalysis. The book will be of interest to students of psychoanalysis, social theory and sociology.

Freud's Baby – Little Hans (1909)

Freud's baby – Little Hans (1909)

The case of Little Hans – Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy (1909) – rejuvenates psychoanalysis. It offers the possibility of seeing in the first light of day a primal history that in the other case histories can only be inferred retrospectively and perhaps appear to be restricted to abnormal types:

Surely there must be a possibility of observing in children at first hand and in all the freshness of life the sexual impulses and wishes which we dig out so laboriously in adults from among their own debris – especially as it is our own belief that they are the common property of all men, a part of the human constitution, and ...

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