Presenter: Adele Tuter, M.D., Ph.D.
This presentation draws on the first of a series of three essays on the erotics of knowing. The textual preoccupations of Freud’s case history of Dora encourage the proposition of its intertexual relationships with a referenced literary source (Arthur Schnitzler’s Paracelsus) as well as an occult ur-text (Émile Zola’s Une page d’amour). These two texts anticipate, and, I propose, suggest two of Dora's interrelated subtextual themes: the erotics of knowing and the problematics of reality. These subtexts are condensed within the leitmotif of textual suggestion: a symbolic elaboration of the tension between the therapeutic potential of knowing at the heart of Freud’s project, and the corruptive suggestion and unleashed erotic desire that can undermine and destroy it.
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