Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (1905)
Edition used: Penguin
Sigmund Freud, “Femininity” (1933)
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See also Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks.
- Discuss the rhetorical strategies used by Freud in making his case. For example, is he personal, impersonal, funny, witty, emotional, or clinical? How do these rhetorical strategies help and/or hinder his argument?
- Why can’t Freud cure Dora?
- Examine the relationship between trauma and fantasy in Freud.
- To what extent can Dora be heard within (or despite) Freud’s report? Where can we hear her behind Freud’s interpretations? From the traces in the text, could we determine an alternative account of her experience?
- Bearing in mind that “Femininity” was written many years later than Dora, consider the extent to which the accounts in these two texts complement and/or contradict each other.
- With reference to Dora and/or “Femininity,” discuss the strengths and/or limitations of a Freudian reading of Antigone.