L'innocenza di Dora. L'uscita d'analisi nei casi clinici di Freud

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Dora's innocence. The exit of analysis in the clinical cases of Freud

Maria Teresa Maiocchi

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The case of Dora today. The text proposes a reading starting from Lacan, valuing the temporal scans in which the case is played and the triggering junctures that lead to the interruption of the cure. Three times of Dora's analysis that recall the apologue of the three prisoners who have only one chance of exit. Freud for Lacan does not introduce into the third time of the development of truth an adequate dialectical reversal that "could reveal to us the real value of the object constituted by Mrs. K. That is not an individual but a mystery, the mystery of her femininity, we mean her femininity body ". It is starting from highlighting the enigmatic function of the mother, usually left between the lines both by Dora and Freud, even if it appears in the foreground on the scene of dreams, which raises the problematic question both for Dora and for Freud: woman and mother, conjunction, woman or mother, disjunction, to which Dora's father in his position as a symbolic trump can only reiterate, in his dream, a quoad matrem of the woman to delimit her demand. Something insists: the structure of female desire opens the question of enjoyment. "What does a woman want?", A question which is excluded, unbearable, for her father, whom Dora addresses to Freud wondering, not rhetorically, if he will bear it. Dora, no longer a beautiful soul, can in fact face her hysterical question as an enigma of femininity, sketching the question of the analyst's desire articulated with the mystery of La donna. What prevented Freud from making that third reversal? Which impossibility do you touch? How does the desire of the analyst, desire to obtain absolute truth, still remain on this side of the Freudian operation, not without enigma? "The yielding can stop the innocent ... Current question of our ethics".
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Dora's innocence. The exit of analysis in the clinical cases of Freud
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Dora
  • Psicoanalisi


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