History Beyond Trauma

History Beyond Trauma

History Beyond Trauma

History Beyond Trauma



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In the course of nearly thirty years of work with patients in psychiatric hospitals and private practice, Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have uncovered the ways in which transference and countertransference are affected by the experience of social catastrophe. Handed down from one generation to the next, the unspoken horrors of war, betrayal, dissociation, and disaster in the families of patient and analyst alike are not only revived in the therapeutic relationship but, when understood, actually provide the keys to the healing process.

The authors present vivid examples of clinical work with severely traumatized patients, reaching inward to their own intimate family histories as shaped by the Second World War and outward toward an exceptionally broad range of cultural references to literature, philosophy, political theory, and anthropology. Using examples from medieval carnivals and Japanese No theater, to Wittgenstein and Hannah Arendt, to Sioux rituals in North Dakota, they reveal the ways in which psychological damage is done--and undone.

With a special focus on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the neurosciences, Davoine and Gaudilliere show how the patient-analyst relationship opens pathways of investigation into the nature of madness, whether on the scale of History--world wars, Vietnam--or on the scale of Story--the silencing of horror within an individual family.

In order to show how the therapeutic approach to trauma was developed on the basis of war psychiatry, the authors ground their clinical theory in the work of Thomas Salmon, an American doctor from the time of the First World War. In their case studies, they illustrate how three of the four Salmon principles--proximity, immediacy, and expectancy--affect the handling of the transference-countertransference relationship. The fourth principle, simplicity, shapes the style in which the authors address their readers--that is, with the same clarity and directness with which they speak to their patients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590516584
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: eBook
Pages: 312
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Francoise Davoine
Over the past thirty years, psychoanalysts Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have worked at a public psychiatric hospital, as consultants, and in private practice. They are currently professors at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and both hold advanced degrees in classics (French, Latin, and Greek literature) and doctorates in sociology.

Jean-Max Gaudilliere
Over the past thirty years, psychoanalysts Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have worked at a public psychiatric hospital, as consultants, and in private practice. They are currently professors at theEcole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and both hold advanced degrees in classics (French, Latin, and Greek literature) and doctorates in sociology.

Susan Fairfield
Susan Fairfield is an editor, translator, and poet. She is also the author of papers on literary criticism, a psychoanalyst, and co-editor of Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis. She lives in the Bay Area of California.Also by this translator: Biology of Freedom, Freud, The Whispering of Ghosts, Dreaming by the Book, Freud the Man, Shattered Dreams, Introduction to the Reading of Lacan, Why Do Women Love Men and Not Their Mothers?, Lacan, Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children, The Clinical Lacan, What Does a Woman Want?

Table of Contents

Part I.Lessons of Madness
1.From the Collapse of a World to the Search for Insanity3
1.1.Folly Speaks3
1.1.1.Auguste: In the Beginning Was Shame3
1.1.2.The Twofold Tradition of Folly: Speaking of, Speaking to6
1.1.3.When Folly Is Speaking to No One, to Whom Is It Speaking? A Social Link in the Making11
1.1.4.Adam, Holzminden: The Return of the Real16
1.1.5.Gilda: Madness Speaks to the "Leftovers" of the Analyst's History21
1.2.The Analyst Speaks23
1.2.1.The Analyst's Situation23
1.2.2.After Some Others26
1.2.3.The Analyst as "Annalist" of Inaudible Histories28
1.3.Exiting Madness: A Demand for Truth29
1.3.1.Gilda: On the Threshold of Time29
1.3.2.The Army of the Dead32
1.3.3.Auguste Comte: An Excess of Subjectivity to Confront a "Superpositivity"34
2.From the Principle of Objectivation to the Birth of a Subject39
2.1.From the Lesion in the Brain to the Lesion in the Other39
2.1.1.Neurology and Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Issue39
2.1.2.Objectivation/Positivity: A New Paradigm for Psychoanalysis41
2.1.3.The "Superpositivity" of Madness44
2.1.4.The Subject at Stake46
2.1.5.The Logic of Catastrophic Zones: Lesions in Otherness47
2.1.6.The "Children" of Phineas Gage49
2.1.7."A Death in the Family": The Neurologist Comes to the Aid of the Psychoanalyst51
2.2.War and Peace in Psychoanalysis54
2.2.1.A Problematic Causality54
2.2.2.Transference in Neurologists55
2.2.3.The Horrified Other58
2.2.4.On the Borders of Language: The Analyst's Dissociated Impressions59
2.2.5.Henry: Casus Belli in Analysis61
2.2.6.Genesis of the Symbolon against the Background of War64
2.3.Showing What Cannot Be Said68
2.3.1.The Festival of the Mad Rises from the Ashes68
2.3.2.Canton, China, July 1985: The Silence of an Admirable Mother72
2.3.3.The Analyst in Clown Costume75
2.3.4.Truce, Truth, Trust: "Join the Dance"77
2.3.5."Whereof One Cannot Speak ..."79
3.Conclusion of Part I: From Scientific Revolutions to Therapeutic Revolutions81
3.1.What Scientists Are Risking81
3.2.Descartes' Error?84
3.3.Proferam: From the Real to Inscription88
3.4.Descartes' Dreams91
3.5.From Madness to the Method94
Part II.Lessons from the Front
4."On the Road"99
4.1.Geographical Transfers: Finding Someone to Speak to99
4.1.1.Transfers, Journeys, Exiles99
4.1.2.Austen Riggs Center, Winter 1978--Summer 1979100
4.1.3.The Ghost Road102
4.2.The Soldier's Tale104
4.2.1.Symptoms as Old as the War104
4.2.2.From Shell Shock to Traumatic Neurosis: "God Only Knows"106
4.2.3."Men Learn from History Only that Men Learn Nothing from History"109
4.2.4.The Half-Pay Veterans of War Psychiatry110
4.3.Peace Psychoanalysis, War Psychoanalysis112
4.3.1.Thomas W. Salmon and Some Others112
4.3.2.Getting Out of Hell114
4.3.3.The Salmon Principles116
4.3.4.Koan: "Let Me Die, or I'll Perish"117
5.Proximity: Constructing Space in a Boundless Space121
5.1.Getting in Touch121
5.1.1.The Challenging First Interview: Close to the Uncanny121
5.1.2.After the Battle124
5.1.3.The "Unsung Battle": In Touch with Facts Stricken with Nonexistence125
5.1.4.Only Psychoanalysis Can Find the Trace of the Breaking Point128
5.2.The Mirror of History130
5.2.1.Madness, Trauma: The Same Combat130
5.2.2.The Memory of Freedom133
5.2.3.The Political and Transferential Outcomes of Trauma135
5.2.4.Interferences: The Birth of a "Transitional Subject"137
5.3.The Children of War140
5.3.1.The Mother of Vinegar: Making Use of Coincidences140
5.3.2.Children on the Firing Line144
5.3.3.They Have Good Reason to Be Crazy146
5.3.4.They Know Too Much for Their Age149
5.4.1.Betrayed by One's Own150
5.4.2.Proximity to Combat153
5.4.3.Psychoanalysis Upside Down157
5.4.4.The Man without Qualities159
6.Immediacy: The Coordinates of Time When Time Stands Still163
6.1.Beyond the Causality Principle163
6.1.1.The Mad Tea Party: Speaking to Time163
6.1.3.The First Crisis, the Nth Crisis167
6.1.4.A Minor Character169
6.2.A Time that Does Not Pass172
6.2.1.Joseph: Presence of the Thing172
6.2.2.Inferno: Appearance of the Real Other177
6.2.3.A Summons from beyond the Grave181
6.2.4.Rough Music in the Face of the Confiscation of Time183
6.3.Fighting the Ghosts184
6.3.1.Satori: An Omnipresent Danger184
6.3.2.Potential Simultaneity According to Schrodinger188
6.3.3.Here and Now: An Interpretation in Search of a Subject to Interpret190
6.3.4.Ghosts of All Nations: Unite!192
6.4.The Child with White Hair196
6.4.1.Mayday! The Measure of Time196
6.4.2.The Transmission of a Catastrophic Immediacy: An American Gilda199
6.4.3.The Devil to Pay in the Badlands: A Brazilian Epic of Battle against the Real Other202
6.4.4.Don Quixote's Lady204
6.4.5.The Thing and Words205
7.Expectancy: The Trustworthiness of the Other209
7.1.Yes: An Initial Affirmation209
7.1.1.Trauma Speaking to Trauma209
7.1.2.Blue Flower: Freedom of Speech211
7.1.3.The Children of Terezin214
7.1.4.The Plural Body: The Authority of the Lady217
7.1.5.The Plural Body with Ancestors219
7.2.We Do Not Choose the Mouth that Says, "Yes, I Am Waiting for You"222
7.2.1.Who Is Waiting for Whom?222
7.2.2.The Tunnel Awaiting Louise and Her Analyst223
7.3.Dreams that Say No231
7.3.1.Dreaming in a Totalitarian Situation231
7.3.2.A Dream of Wittgenstein's235
7.3.3.The Psychiatry of the Nazi War237
7.4.The Subject of "Historical Truth"239
7.4.1.Edwige, Sunken Red: A Cruel Truth239
7.4.2.The Theater of Cruelty243
7.4.3.Telling Secrets245
7.4.4.And What about Simplicity?247
8.A Simple Conclusion: Frozen Time, Frozen Words249
8.1."What Is Well Thought Out Can Be Clearly Expressed"249
8.2.Hearing Frozen Words251
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