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The Doctor and Mrs. A.: Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis

Sarah Pinto


In the years leading up to India’s independence, a young Punjabi woman known to us only as Mrs. A., ill at ease in her marriage and eager for personal and national freedom, sat down with psychiatrist Dev Satya Nand for an experiment in his new and “Oriental” method of dream analysis. Her analysis, which appeared in a case self-published by Satya Nand, included a surge of emotion and reflections on sexuality, gender, marriage, ambition, trauma, and art. She turned to female figures from Hindu myth to reimagine her social world and its ethical arrangements. The stories of Draupadi and Shakuntala ... More

Keywords: dream analysis, ethics, gender, Hinduism, history of medicine, India, psychiatry, sexuality, South Asia, trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823286676
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Pinto, author
Tufts University