Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Doctor and Mrs. A.Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sarah Pinto

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286676

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286676.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022

Unconsciousness and Voice

Unconsciousness and Voice


(p.125) 3 Unconsciousness and Voice
The Doctor and Mrs. A.

Sarah Pinto

Fordham University Press

There are blind spots in Mrs. A.’s musings. One of these concerns her maid, who endured traumas Mrs. A. witnessed as a child. Sexual treachery and violence are undercurrents in the case, rising to the surface as matters of judgment and dismissal. While there is little that can be known definitively about the maid’s experience, there is ample material from medicine and law to situate her story. This material connects sexual violation to ruptured consciousness in the form of symptoms—fainting, catatonia, and muteness. It connects with Hindu mythic resources that appear in Mrs. A.’s case as a different kind of testimony than memory, in which women speak righteously about violation and fall unconscious in its wake. These suggest a counter-ethic at the limits of the ways consciousness might be a ground for ethical practice, in the limitations of Mrs. A.’s class consciousness and in the figuring of consciousness in medical histories beyond the case. Ahalya, an ambiguous heroine from epic and folk narrative who was cursed for being violated, is a quiet presence in Mrs. A.’s case. But alongside the maid and contemporary cases, she adds the counter-ethical possibility of unconsciousness as a state of ethical repair.

Keywords:   Ahalya, consciousness, dream analysis, ethics, Hinduism, hysteria, marriage, psychiatry, sexual assault, unconsciousness

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .