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.
Chapter 4: Wolf Man's Wake (1918 )
Wolf Man's Wake (1918 )
The case of the Wolf Man – ‘From the History of an Infantile Neurosis’ (1918 ) – is surely as bewildering as it is great. Before we wander into its exotic landscape, perhaps we should explore Peter Brook's suggestion that all Freud's plots are one – indeed, that all our stories are the same. The point, of course, is a structuralist one, namely, that what saves narrative from interminability is the frame imposed by the end of the story which works back and forth (nachträglich) to carry its sense. Our stories, then, are deadly matters and it is this that lends authority to their beginnings which are marked by their repetition of the master plot of ...