Autobiographics in Freud and Derrida

Autobiographics in Freud and Derrida

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Originally published in 1990. This uniquely fascinating study approaches the problem of autobiography from two directions: first assessing theories of the self, consciousness and language developed by both Freud and Derrida; second through the reading of the autobiographical aspects of their writings. The book begins with looking at the issue of making sense of a life by means of representation, through autobiography, within the field of psychological phenomena a€“ screen memories, mourning, obsession, hysteria, transference. Part 1 focuses on Freuda€™s case histories and psychoanalysis being used to make a narrative of behaviour in language. Part two considers Freuda€™s own Interpretation of Dreams and its autobiographical nature. Part 3 examines intellectual movements such as phenomenology, speed act theory and structuralism while Parts 4 and 5 turn to Derridaa€™s use of autobiography as self-criticism and his debt to Freud.Self-analysis. The homology between psychical operations and the writing of a text allows for the comparison between, for instance, a compulsion and a narrative or between a screen and an example that is selected to illustrate an argument. ... Its additional significance lies in what James Strachey terms aquot;an extraneous factaquot; which has aquot;undeservedly overshadowedaquot; the aquot;intrinsic interestaquot; of the paper (III, anbsp;...

Title:Autobiographics in Freud and Derrida
Author: Jane Marie Todd
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-08-14

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