Vicissitudes and Their Inscriptions

Shapiro, Carolyn ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Vicissitudes and Their Inscriptions. History of the Present: Psychoanalysis and History, 12 (1). ISSN 2159-9785 (In Press)

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The first part of this paper will examine Freud’s implicit proposition that psychoanalysis comprises a complex articulation of history in that symptoms are noted and inscribed as consequential, present indicators of causal instincts which have been variously, “fatefully” re-routed. For Freud, instincts always carry with them changes, fluctuations, mutabilities, translated into English as “Vicissitudes.” The sequentially performative character of the Instinct, as conjoined with the Vicissitude, articulates a historical trajectory of the Subject, and also suggests the historiographical operation of the psychoanalyst. Freud’s defensive presentation of the inaugural case study, the “broken fragment” of Dora and her hysteria, will be considered in the second part of this essay, reading Freud’s ambivalence towards his own historiographic operation, and his ambivalence serves here as an index to the more general ambivalent nature of historiography as outlined by De Certeau.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 2159-9785
Subjects: History
Philosophy & Psychology
Writing & Journalism
Depositing User: Carolyn Shapiro
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 08:07
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 16:34


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