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Exploring Freud’s Rat Man case, this piece analyses the chain of signification that emerges in Freud’s articulation of the rat-related signifiers through which his patient’s neurosis is expressed. Two central concerns guide my reflection: (i) to question the divide between the individual and the social by showing how signifiers are one of the ways in which the symbolic inscribes itself onto the subject; (ii) to discuss how the case study as method proposes generalizations based on a singularity.
Title
The Case and the Signifier
Subtitle
Generalization in Freud’s Rat Man
Author(s)
Iracema Dulley
Identifier
Description
Exploring Freud’s Rat Man case, this piece analyses the chain of signification that emerges in Freud’s articulation of the rat-related signifiers through which his patient’s neurosis is expressed. Two central concerns guide my reflection: (i) to question the divide between the individual and the social by showing how signifiers are one of the ways in which the symbolic inscribes itself onto the subject; (ii) to discuss how the case study as method proposes generalizations based on a singularity.
Is Part Of
Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
October 11, 2022
Subject
Case study
Case method
Rat Man
Freud, Sigmund
Psychoanalysis
Signifier
Generalization
Obsessional neurosis
Rights
© by the author(s)
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Language
en-GB
short title
Case and Signifier
page start
13
page end
37
Source
The Case for Reduction, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Jakob Schillinger, Cultural Inquiry, 25 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 13–37

Publication scheduled for 11 October 2022