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.

Opening the Dora Case (1905 [1901])

Opening the Dora case (1905 [1901])

The Dora case, as it is known, was the first of Freud's attempts to present his theoretical findings with respect to hysteria along with the clinical information on which these were based. Since Freud wished psychoanalysis to be regarded as a science, his compliance with the common protocols of scientific method weighed heavily upon him. Yet, he felt it necessary to express certain scruples in this regard inasmuch as the publication of his clinical evidence risked breaching the equal claims of medical confidentiality. This weighed even more heavily upon him inasmuch as his patient was a young woman whose revelations under analysis would be shamefully betrayed by their publication. They might also be considered ...

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