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Freud and the Scene of Trauma

John Fletcher


This book is a study of the central role of trauma in Freud’s thought and practice. It argues that it is Freud’s mapping of trauma as a scene, the elaboration of a scenography of trauma, that is central to both his clinical interpretation of his patients’ symptoms and his construction of successive theoretical models and concepts to explain the power of such scenes in his patients’ lives. This attention to the scenic form of trauma, and its power in the determination of symptoms, presides over Freud’s break from the neurological model of trauma he inherited from Charcot. It also helps to expla ... More

Keywords: afterwardsness, Copernican, fantasy, primal, original, retrospective, hysteria, hysterical attack, primal scene, Ptolemaic, scenography, seduction, screen memories, trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254590
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Fletcher, author
University of Warwick

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