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History Beyond Trauma - Francoise Davoine

Paperback Published: 17th March 2004
ISBN: 9781590511114
Number Of Pages: 312

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In the course of nearly thirty years of work with patients in psychiatric hospitals and private practice, Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have uncovered the ways in which transference and countertransference are affected by the experience of social catastrophe. Handed down from one generation to the next, the unspoken horrors of war, betrayal, dissociation, and disaster in the families of patient and analyst alike are not only revived in the therapeutic relationship but, when understood, actually provide the keys to the healing process.

The authors present vivid examples of clinical work with severely traumatized patients, reaching inward to their own intimate family histories as shaped by the Second World War and outward toward an exceptionally broad range of cultural references to literature, philosophy, political theory, and anthropology. Using examples from medieval carnivals and Japanese No theater, to Wittgenstein and Hannah Arendt, to Sioux rituals in North Dakota, they reveal the ways in which psychological damage is done--and undone.

With a special focus on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the neurosciences, Davoine and Gaudilliere show how the patient-analyst relationship opens pathways of investigation into the nature of madness, whether on the scale of History--world wars, Vietnam--or on the scale of Story--the silencing of horror within an individual family.

In order to show how the therapeutic approach to trauma was developed on the basis of war psychiatry, the authors ground their clinical theory in the work of Thomas Salmon, an American doctor from the time of the First World War. In their case studies, they illustrate how three of the four Salmon principles--proximity, immediacy, and expectancy--affect the handling of the transference-countertransference relationship. The fourth principle, simplicity, shapes the style in which the authors address their readers--that is, with the same clarity and directness with which they speak to their patients.

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Lessons of Madness
From the Collapse of a World to the Search for Insanityp. 3
Folly Speaksp. 3
Auguste: In the Beginning Was Shamep. 3
The Twofold Tradition of Folly: Speaking of, Speaking top. 6
When Folly Is Speaking to No One, to Whom Is It Speaking? A Social Link in the Makingp. 11
Adam, Holzminden: The Return of the Realp. 16
Gilda: Madness Speaks to the "Leftovers" of the Analyst's Historyp. 21
The Analyst Speaksp. 23
The Analyst's Situationp. 23
After Some Othersp. 26
The Analyst as "Annalist" of Inaudible Historiesp. 28
Exiting Madness: A Demand for Truthp. 29
Gilda: On the Threshold of Timep. 29
The Army of the Deadp. 32
Auguste Comte: An Excess of Subjectivity to Confront a "Superpositivity"p. 34
From the Principle of Objectivation to the Birth of a Subjectp. 39
From the Lesion in the Brain to the Lesion in the Otherp. 39
Neurology and Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Issuep. 39
Objectivation/Positivity: A New Paradigm for Psychoanalysisp. 41
The "Superpositivity" of Madnessp. 44
The Subject at Stakep. 46
The Logic of Catastrophic Zones: Lesions in Othernessp. 47
The "Children" of Phineas Gagep. 49
"A Death in the Family": The Neurologist Comes to the Aid of the Psychoanalystp. 51
War and Peace in Psychoanalysisp. 54
A Problematic Causalityp. 54
Transference in Neurologistsp. 55
The Horrified Otherp. 58
On the Borders of Language: The Analyst's Dissociated Impressionsp. 59
Henry: Casus Belli in Analysisp. 61
Genesis of the Symbolon against the Background of Warp. 64
Showing What Cannot Be Saidp. 68
The Festival of the Mad Rises from the Ashesp. 68
Canton, China, July 1985: The Silence of an Admirable Motherp. 72
The Analyst in Clown Costumep. 75
Truce, Truth, Trust: "Join the Dance"p. 77
"Whereof One Cannot Speak ..."p. 79
Conclusion of Part I: From Scientific Revolutions to Therapeutic Revolutionsp. 81
What Scientists Are Riskingp. 81
Descartes' Error?p. 84
Proferam: From the Real to Inscriptionp. 88
Descartes' Dreamsp. 91
From Madness to the Methodp. 94
Lessons from the Front
"On the Road"p. 99
Geographical Transfers: Finding Someone to Speak top. 99
Transfers, Journeys, Exilesp. 99
Austen Riggs Center, Winter 1978--Summer 1979p. 100
The Ghost Roadp. 102
The Soldier's Talep. 104
Symptoms as Old as the Warp. 104
From Shell Shock to Traumatic Neurosis: "God Only Knows"p. 106
"Men Learn from History Only that Men Learn Nothing from History"p. 109
The Half-Pay Veterans of War Psychiatryp. 110
Peace Psychoanalysis, War Psychoanalysisp. 112
Thomas W. Salmon and Some Othersp. 112
Getting Out of Hellp. 114
The Salmon Principlesp. 116
Koan: "Let Me Die, or I'll Perish"p. 117
Proximity: Constructing Space in a Boundless Spacep. 121
Getting in Touchp. 121
The Challenging First Interview: Close to the Uncannyp. 121
After the Battlep. 124
The "Unsung Battle": In Touch with Facts Stricken with Nonexistencep. 125
Only Psychoanalysis Can Find the Trace of the Breaking Pointp. 128
The Mirror of Historyp. 130
Madness, Trauma: The Same Combatp. 130
The Memory of Freedomp. 133
The Political and Transferential Outcomes of Traumap. 135
Interferences: The Birth of a "Transitional Subject"p. 137
The Children of Warp. 140
The Mother of Vinegar: Making Use of Coincidencesp. 140
Children on the Firing Linep. 144
They Have Good Reason to Be Crazyp. 146
They Know Too Much for Their Agep. 149
Theraponp. 150
Betrayed by One's Ownp. 150
Proximity to Combatp. 153
Psychoanalysis Upside Downp. 157
The Man without Qualitiesp. 159
Immediacy: The Coordinates of Time When Time Stands Stillp. 163
Beyond the Causality Principlep. 163
The Mad Tea Party: Speaking to Timep. 163
Urgencyp. 164
The First Crisis, the Nth Crisisp. 167
A Minor Characterp. 169
A Time that Does Not Passp. 172
Joseph: Presence of the Thingp. 172
Inferno: Appearance of the Real Otherp. 177
A Summons from beyond the Gravep. 181
Rough Music in the Face of the Confiscation of Timep. 183
Fighting the Ghostsp. 184
Satori: An Omnipresent Dangerp. 184
Potential Simultaneity According to Schrodingerp. 188
Here and Now: An Interpretation in Search of a Subject to Interpretp. 190
Ghosts of All Nations: Unite!p. 192
The Child with White Hairp. 196
Mayday! The Measure of Timep. 196
The Transmission of a Catastrophic Immediacy: An American Gildap. 199
The Devil to Pay in the Badlands: A Brazilian Epic of Battle against the Real Otherp. 202
Don Quixote's Ladyp. 204
The Thing and Wordsp. 205
Expectancy: The Trustworthiness of the Otherp. 209
Yes: An Initial Affirmationp. 209
Trauma Speaking to Traumap. 209
Blue Flower: Freedom of Speechp. 211
The Children of Terezinp. 214
The Plural Body: The Authority of the Ladyp. 217
The Plural Body with Ancestorsp. 219
We Do Not Choose the Mouth that Says, "Yes, I Am Waiting for You"p. 222
Who Is Waiting for Whom?p. 222
The Tunnel Awaiting Louise and Her Analystp. 223
Dreams that Say Nop. 231
Dreaming in a Totalitarian Situationp. 231
A Dream of Wittgenstein'sp. 235
The Psychiatry of the Nazi Warp. 237
The Subject of "Historical Truth"p. 239
Edwige, Sunken Red: A Cruel Truthp. 239
The Theater of Crueltyp. 243
Telling Secretsp. 245
And What about Simplicity?p. 247
A Simple Conclusion: Frozen Time, Frozen Wordsp. 249
"What Is Well Thought Out Can Be Clearly Expressed"p. 249
Hearing Frozen Wordsp. 251
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9781590511114
ISBN-10: 1590511115
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 17th March 2004
Publisher: Other Press LLC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45