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

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1955

From : Daniel Paul Schreber, Memoirs of my nervous illness : Translated, Edited with Introduction, Notes and Discussion by Ida MacAlpine and Richard A. Hunter : W. M. Dawson & Sons Ltd, London : 1955

Translator’s introduction to Schreber’s ‘Memoirs of my nervous illness’ (p1 to 28) :  Available here

Translators’ analysis of the case of D. P. Schreber: 1955: Ida MacAlpine & Richard A. Hunter (p369 to 411) : Available here : (Reprinted with additions, from The Psychoanalytic Quarterly: 1953: vol 22: p328)

Richard G. Klein’s Map of MacAlpine’s & Hunter’s translation  with page numbers in the German edition : 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

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

Referred to by Jacques Lacan:

in Jacques Lacan’s introduction to the French translation of Schreber’s Memoires: Available Presentation of the ‘Memoirs’ of President Schreber in French translation: November 1966: Jacques Lacan or available here   Quote:

Not of course that Mrs Ida MacAlpine does not present in pre- and then in post-face a psychoanalysis of this text which aims at correcting Freud. But it only appeared in the final two seminars of the year (Seminar III: 1955-1956: The psychoses: last two sessions – 27th June and 4th July 1956) that I could restore Freud to his rightful place returning to this issue just two years later in an article where, in a construction which proved very decisive for what followed, we condensed close to two thirds of the material covered in that year. I refer you to the article: “On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis”.  (Jacques Lacan: On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis: in Lacan: Écrits, a selection : translated by Alan Sheridan: New York, Norton: 1977: Availability given On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : 1955-1956 : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan or here)

Other references

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

Availability of commentaries & related texts:

The Samuel Weber (1973) commentary has details of all the information published since 1903. It also has a very good map of the content of the ‘Memoirs’.

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.

-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 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 Freudor here  http://www.lacanianworks.net/?p=1118

 

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 : 11thJanuary 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

Further texts

By Ida MacAlpine & Richard Hunter here

By Jacques Lacan here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

Case histories here

Ordinary Psychosis here