October 24, 2017
"Narrative Technique in Freud's Case Histories" with Sheila Kohler
Freud himself said his case histories read like short stories and lack the serious stamp of science. He was, of course, extremely well read, though his taste in literature, as in art, was conservative. He read Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and Dickens, to name only a few, and he used their work to prove his theories. Wherever he learned his narrative technique, he learned it well. His voice comes to us in the case histories loud and clear without any unnecessary and obfuscating scientific jargon. He addresses us directly and often uses the pronoun "we" as though we were part of a group and in the "know." Dr. Kohler will talk about various narrative techniques Freud uses in the case histories, how he creates suspense and mystery, how he uses precise details to produce verisimilitude. She will give some examples of his masterful use of repetition and, above all, reversal which enables him both to surprise the reader and at the same time satisfy and create a cohesive whole.
No CME/CE credits offered
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium