Introduction to D. P. Schreber’s ‘Memoirs : 2000 : Rosemary Dinnage

by Julia Evans on January 1, 2000

Memoirs of my nervous illness : Daniel Paul Schreber (1842-1911) :

Published in German 1903 :

Translated and Edited by Ida MacAlpine & Richard A. Hunter, 1955 :

Availability Memoirs of my nervous illness: 1903: D. P. Schreber or here

Reprinted by  The New York Review of Books, Inc, United States, 2000 with Introduction by Rosemary Dinnage : Available here

Rosemary Dinnage, writer, born 17 January 1928; died 10 July 2015. Her obituary is here

Book Description:  In 1884, the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life. In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God. It became clear to Schreber that his personal crisis was implicated in what he called a “crisis in God’s realm,” one that had transformed the rest of humanity into a race of fantasms. There was only one remedy; as his doctor noted: Schreber “considered himself chosen to redeem the world, and to restore to it the lost state of Blessedness. This, however, he could only do by first being transformed from a man into a woman.”.

References

Freud S. {1911) “Psycho-analytic notes on an autobiographical account of a case of paranoia (dementia paranoides),” Standard Edition, 12:9-79. Or Case history of Schreber: 1910: Sigmund Freud or here

Lothane, Z. (1992) In Defense of Schreber, Soul Murder and Psychiatry

Further information:

Availability of Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of my nervous illness & many of the commentaries Or here

Availability of commentaries & related texts:

Memoirs of my nervous illness: 1903: D. P. Schreber or here

Case history of Schreber: 16th December 1910: Sigmund Freud or here

-Hallucinations about the ‘Little Men’ : August 1949 (Zürich) : Maurits Katan or here

-Schreber’s Prepsychotic Phase : 1st July 1951 [1953] : Maurits Katan or here

-Further Remarks about Schreber’s Hallucinations : July 1951 [1952] (Amsterdam) : Maurits Katan or here

Translator’s introduction & analysis of D. P. Schreber’s case: : 1955: Ida MacAlpine & Richard Hunter or available here

On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : 1955-1956 : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan or here : This is dated December 1955 to January 1956  at the end of the text, though published in 1958.

Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan or here

–   Editor’s Introduction (Psycho-Analytic Notes on an autobiographical account of a case of paranoia (Dementia Paranoides) [Case of Schreber] : 1958 : James Strachey or here

Presentation of the ‘Memoirs’ of President Schreber in French translation: November 1966: Jacques Lacan or available here

Introduction to Schreber’s ‘Memoirs of my nervous illness’: 1973: Samuel Weber or here

– Introduction to the New Schreber Texts : 1988 : Hans Israëls : Available here

Introduction to D. P. Schreber’s ‘Memoirs : 2000 : Rosemary Dinnage or here

Introduction to ‘A bi-lingual edition of Schreber’s Memoirs of my mental illness/ Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken’: August 2005: Richard G. Klein or available here

Relevant references

Some forms of emotional disturbance and their relationship to schizophrenia (‘as if’ case) : 1942 : Helene Deutsch : See  here

Psychoses of passion : 1921 : Gaétan Gatian de Clérambault  or here

Misinterpretative delusional states : 1909 : Paul Sérieux & Joseph Capgras or here

The prognosis of dementia praecox: the group of schizophrenias : 1908 : Eugene Bleuler or here

Dementia Praecox : 1896 : Emil Kraepelin or here

Letter of 24th January 1895 and Draft H, Paranoia (The Emma Eckstein episode) : 24th January 1895 : Sigmund Freud or here

 

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London

 

Related texts

Texts related to the case of President Schreber here

For further engagements with this case, see Case of President Schreber : 1910 in References to Sigmund Freud within LacanianWorks or here

Schreber’s case revisited with echoes noted in the family of Fred West by Julia Evans : 11th January 2015 : Available here

Ordinary Psychosis: elaborations of James I/VI, Hamlet & Oedipus by Julia Evans on 28th November 2015 or here

Schreber’s case revisited with echoes noted in the family of Fred West by Julia Evans on 11th  January 2015 : Available here

An Examination of ‘Learned Helplessness’ by Julia Evans on 11th  December 2014 or here

What Cannot Be Said: Desire, Fantasy, Real : 11th September 2013 : Dominique Holvoet or here

Psychosis, or Radical Belief in the Symptom : 17th June 2012 : Éric Laurent : given in Tel Aviv, Israel or here

The case, from unease to the lie : 2002 : Éric Laurent or here

Three Enigmas: Meaning, Signification, Jouissance : February 1993 : Éric Laurent or here

Lacan and the Discourse of the Other : 1968 : Anthony Wilden or here

Other texts

Texts related to the case of President Schreber here

By Rosemary Dinnage here

By Daniel Paul Schreber here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Availability of Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of my nervous illness & many of the commentaries  by Julia Evans on 2nd September 2015 or here

Of the clinic here

Ordinary Psychosis here

Use of power here

Some Lacanian History : here

Topology : here

Lacanian Transmission : here