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Så var fallet löst: En narratologisk analys av Freuds fallstudie "Fröken Elisabeth von R."
Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this paper has been to use narratological theory for uncovering the narrative structure in Freud‟s cases, such as anachronisms and focalizing. My aim was to investigate the narrative and through these viewpoints discover what impact Freud‟s writing‟s had on the look of hysterical women. I choose one of the earliest cases,"Fräulein Elisabeth von R." which is published in

Studien über Hysterie (I‟ve used the text translated to Swedish and published in Tidiga skrifter och historik. Freud, Sigmund, 1997).

I‟ve consulted both Iréne Matthis and Jurgen Reeder to get a broader perspective on the psychoanalytic theory. Another author whom been invaluable is Karin Johannisson, her essays on the aesthetics that characterize hysteria has been very useful.

By using the narratological theories of Mieke Bal and Gérard Genette I‟ve been able to uncover the structure of my narrative. The main concepts have been "text", "story" and "fabula" which symbolize three layers of the narrative, for the investigation of these three aspects I‟ve looked closer into anachronisms, retroversions and anticipations (internal and external), focalizor, narrator, actors and agents.

The conclusion I‟ve reached is that Freud, by separating himself into the –less knowing and the –analyst and use this –less knowing version of himself as an assistant in the hunt of the answer to hysteria, he writes off Elisabeth as a character. He excludes her from her own anamnesis and fills the hole with himself and uses it as a part of his theory. Left again is the woman, without having been really listened to.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
narratology; psychoanalysis
Keyword [sv]
Narratologi; Psykoanalys; Sigmund Freud; Mieke Bal; Gerard Genette; Fallstudie
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14999OAI: diva2:483428
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Comparative Literature
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-01-25 Created: 2012-01-25 Last updated: 2012-01-25Bibliographically approved

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