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

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1903

A. Publication details

B. Content of Richard G. Klein bi-lingual edition

C. Table of Contents of Dr Paul Schreber’s Memoirs

D. Further content of Richard G. Klein’s bi-lingual edition

E. Book Description as printed by The New York Review of Books

F.  Published in German

G.  Text which quotes from the ‘Memoirs’

H) Commentaries on the Schreber case

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A. Publication details

D. P. Schreber: Memoirs of my nervous illness : published in German in 1903

1)  translated and edited with introduction, notes, and discussion by Ida MacAlpine & Richard Hunter: Published Harvard University Press: 1955

2) Reprint of the original translation with the translation of Samuel Weber’s 1973 introduction & additional materials by Schreber, translated by Hans Israëls: 1988

3)  A bi-lingual edition of Schreber’s Memoirs of my mental illness/ Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken :  Richard G. Klein : August 2005:

Published at http://www.freud2lacan.com : or Schreber’s MEMOIRS OF MY NERVOUS ILLNESS with Lacan’s introduction to the French translation.

& Available in the MacAlpine & Hunter translation as follows:

a) p31 to p103 : here

b) p103 to p215 : here

c) p216 to 366 : here

d) p407-448 Richard G. Klein’s Map of MacAlpine’s & Hunter’s translation  with pages in the German edition : here

B. Content of the Richard G. Klein bi-lingual edition (page numbers are to the pdf file numbers)[These have been divided into 4 parts]

Introduction – Richard G. Klein ….. p2

Map of the McAlpine edition of Schreber’s Memoirs ….. p6 : Available here

Map of Schreber’s Germany and Schreber’s biography …. P12

[JE: I find these maps very useful]

Jacques Lacan’s introduction to the French translation of Schreber’s Memoirs … P16

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

English title page …. P21

(Memoirs of my Nervous Illness: Daniel Paul Screber: Translated and edited by Ida MacAlpine & Richard A. Hunter: With a new introduction by Samuel M. Weber: Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts: London, England: 1988)

German title page ….. p24

Contents …. P26

Introduction to the 1988 edition by Samuel Weber, Translated by Benjamin Gregg

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

Translator’s introduction: Ida MacAlpine & Richard A. Hunter  …. P54

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

Preface: December 1902: Daniel Paul Schreber  …. P70

Open letter to Professor Flechsig : March 1903: Schreber:  …. p72

Table of contents … p 76

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C. Table of Contents of Dr Paul Schreber’s Memoirs with Chapter Headings:

Introduction to the English translation (p1 – 28)

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

Daniel Paul Schreber : Memoirs of my Nervous Illness :

Preface (p29-28) : December 1902 (Sonnenstein Asylum, near Pirna) : The Author

Open Letter to Professor Flechsig : March 1903 (Dresden) : Dr Schreber, Senatspräsident (retired)

Table of Contents (p37-39)

[Note : the page references are to the original German edition. The page references in brackets are to the 1955 translation.]

Introduction 1 (p41-43) : published in 1903

Chapter :

I God and Immortality 6 (p45)

P54 of Memoirs referred in Hallucinations about the ‘Little Men’ : August 1949 (Zürich) : Maurits Katan or here

II Crisis in God’s realms? Soul murder 22 (p54)

III (Not printed) 33 (p61)

IV Personal experiences during the first and the beginning of the second nervous illness 34 (p61)

P61, for quote see Schreber’s Prepsychotic Phase : 1st July 1951 [1953] : Maurits Katan, see here for the quotes.

P62 : ‘no incidents on the supernatural’ &  ‘favourable impression of Flechsig’s treatment’ : for fuller quotes see Schreber’s Prepsychotic Phase : 1st July 1951 [1953] : Maurits Katan, see here

p63 quoted in Further Remarks about Schreber’s Hallucinations : July 1951 [1952] (Amsterdam) : Maurits Katan or here : that it really must be rather pleasant to be a woman succumbing to intercourse

P68 quoted in Hallucinations about the ‘Little Men’ : August 1949 (Zürich) : Maurits Katan or here

V Continuation. Nerve-language (inner voices). Compulsive thinking. Unmanning under certain circumstances a postulate of the Order of the World 46 (p69)

VI Personal experiences continued ; Visions. “Seer of spirits” 63 (p79)

VII Personal experiences continued : peculiar manifestations of illness. Visions 81 (p91)

p83 quoted in Hallucinations about the ‘Little Men’ : August 1949 (Zürich) : Maurits Katan or here

p84 quoted : see Further Remarks about Schreber’s Hallucinations : July 1951 [1952] (Amsterdam) : Maurits Katan or here

p91 quoted : see p63 quoted in Further Remarks about Schreber’s Hallucinations : July 1951 [1952] (Amsterdam) : Maurits Katan or here

VIII Personal experiences while in Dr Pierson’s Asylum. “Tested souls” 98 (p101)

IX Transfer to Sonnenstein. Changes in the contact with rays. “The writing-down-system” : “Tying-to-celestial-bodies” 117 (p113)

X Personal experiences at Sonnenstein. “Interferences” accompanying contact with the rays. “Creation of a false feeling” 135 (p123)

XI Bodily integrity damaged by miracles 148 (p131)

XII Content of the voices’ talk. “Soul-conception.” Soul-language. Continuation of personal experiences 162 (p139)

XIII The soul’s state of Blessedness as a factor in attraction. Consequences thereof 176 (p147)

XIV “Tested souls”; their fate. Personal experiences continued 191 (p157)

XV “Play-with-human-beings” and “Miracles” Cries of help. Talking birds. 202 (p163)

XVI Compulsive thinking. Its effects and manifestations. 216 (p171)

XVII Continuation of the above; “Picturing” in the sense of the soul-language 228 (p178)

XVIII God and the processes of creation; spontaneous generation; insects created by miracles. “Direction of gaze”. System-of-examination 238(p183)

XIX Continuation of the above. God’s omnipotence and man’s freedom of will 251 (p191)

XX Egocentricity of the rays regarding my person. Further developments of personal affairs 262 (p197)

XXI Blessedness and voluptuousness in their mutual relation. Consequences of this relation for personal behaviour 273(p203)

XXII Final considerations. Future prospects 287(p211)

Postscripts to the “Memoirs” 297(p217)

Postscripts – First Series (October 1900-June 1901) 297(p219)

I Concerning Miracles : October 1900 : 297(p219)

II Concerning the relation of Divine to Human Intelligence : 11thOctober 1900 : 300(p220)

III Concerning Play-with-Human-Beings : January 1901 : 302(p221)

IV Concerning Hallucinations : February 1901 : 306(p223)

V Concerning the Nature of God : March and April 1901 : 318(p229)

VI Considerations about the Future: Miscellaneous : April and May 1901 : 335(p239)

VII Concerning Cremation : May 1901 : 344(p244)

Postscript, Second Series : October 1902 : 349(p246)

Appendix 361 (p253)

In what circumstances can a person considered insane be detained in an asylum against his declared will? 363(p255)

Note: This essay was written early 1900, at the time of my complete isolation from the outside world, and therefore almost totally without the opportunity of using literary sources.

Addenda (Official documents from the proceedings regarding rescission of tutelage) 377(p265)

  1. Medical Expert’s Report to the Court : 9th December 1899 (Sonnenstein) : Dr Weber, Superintendent of the Asylum, Area Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Adviser to the Court 379(p267)
  2. Asylum and District Medical Officer’s Report : 28th November 1900 (Sonnenstein) : Dr Weber, Superintendent of the Asylum, Area Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Adviser to the Court 390(p275)
  3. Grounds of Appeal : 23rdJuly 1901 (Sonnenstein) : Dr Schreber, Senatspräsident (retired) 440(p285)
  4. Dr Weber’s Expert Report of 5thApril 1902 : 452(p315)
  5. Judgment of the Royal Superior Country Court, Dresden : 14th July 1902 : 473(p329)

No notice of appeal has been received at the Imperial German High Court in the above action within the required period ended on 1stSeptember 1902 : Leipzig, 3rdSeptember 1902 : (L.S.) Schubotz, Secretariat VI of the Imperial German High Court.

The above judgment became valid on 1st September 1902 as hereby witnessed. : Dresden, 17th September 1902 : (L.S.) Müller, Clerk to the Royal Superior Country Court of Saxony.

Translator’s Notes (p357)

Discussion : Freud’s Analysis-Outline of Schreber’s Illness-Psychopathology of Psychosis (p369)

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

References (p413-416) : Available here

D. Further content of Richard G. Klein’s bi-lingual edition

Translators’ (Ida Macalpine & Richard A. Hunter ) analysis of the case … p384

(Reprinted with additions, from The Psychoanalytic Quarterly: 1953: vol 22: p328)

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

Postscript …. P404

References …. P404

Back cover of 1988 book … p406

Quote: First issued in German in 1903, the book waited until 1955 for its publication in English, translated by Drs MacAlpine and Hunter. This edition reprints their work, adding an introduction by Samuel Weber that takes note of the position of the Schreber case in the Lacanian “return” to Freud”. Screber’s autobiography continues to be widely discussed within contemporary psychoanalytic circles and in other contexts, including continental psychoanalysis, anti-psychiatry, and the renewed concern with the social and domestic history of the nineteenth century.

Samuel M. Weber is Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

PART III THE NEW SCHREBER TEXTS …. P407

Introduction to the New Schreber Texts: c1976: Han Israëls … p404

A. Poem for the Silver Wedding Anniversary of His Sister Anna (1889) … Commentary – p405, Poem – p414

B. Poem about Swans which his Mother gave as a Gift to his Nephew Fritz Jung (after 1903) … Commentary – p406, Poem – p417

C. Christening Speech for a Granddaughter of his sister Anna (1904) …. Commentary – P407, Poem – p418

D. Poem for his Mother’s ninetieth birthday (1905) …. Commentary – P407, Poem – p422

E. Poem for the fiftieth birthday of his wife (1907)  … Commentary – p411, Poem – p439

F. Declaration about Schreber Societies (1907) …. Commentary – P411, Text – p442

G. Texts written in the Leipzig-Dösen Mental Hospital (1907-1910) …. Commentary – P412, Texts – from p443: 12th November 1907: 8th September 2009: 13th November 1910:

MacAlpine & Hunter Concordance: Memoirs of my nervous Illness: Daniel Paul Schreber: by Janet L. Lucas from p448

E. Book Description as reprinted by The New York Review of Books, Inc, United States, 2000.

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”.

F.  Published in German:

Dr. jur. Daniel Paul Schreber, formerly Senatspräsident in Dresden:

Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken [Memoirs of a Nerve Patient]:

Published in 1903

G.  Referred to in :

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 by Julia Evans on September 11, 2013

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

H) Sigmund Freud’s comments on Schreber’s text are available here

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

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

Commentaries on the Schreber case

Introduction to ‘A bi-lingual edition of Schreber’s Memoirs of my mental illness/ Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken’: August 2005: Richard G. Klein or here  (Includes a map of this text)

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

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

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

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

Please note: There is a timeline of events in Schreber’s life in 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

Seminar III : Sessions of 27th June 1956 & 4th July 1956 & most of the rest of this seminar.  See Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan or here

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

On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : 1956 : Jacques Lacan 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

Case history of Schreber: 1910: Sigmund Freud or here

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

 

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London

 

Other texts

Texts related to the case of President Schreber 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