PsychoTuesdays!™ presents Cixous - "Portrait of Dora"

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It's the autumn of 1899 in Vienna, and eighteen-year-old Ida Bauer has serious mental problems: self harm, contemplation of suicide, nervous habits and dark thoughts. Her father sends her to see his psychologist - none other than Dr. Sigmund Freud, the recent inventor of a new form of talking cure.

Using the pseudonym 'Dora', Freud writes perhaps his most famous case history "Dora: Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria," demonstrating some of his most breathtaking insights. And yet...

Playwright Hélène Cixous creates the opportunity to tell Dora's story in her way, in her terms. Through the deconstructivist aesthetic-troping of her play "Portrait of Dora," Cixous seeks to reveal the buried text that lies within Freud's text.

"These events declare themselves like shadows, in dreams. They often become so clear that we feel we can reach out and grasp them, but in spite of this, they elude any final clarification and if we proceed without skill or particular caution we find ourselves unable to determine whether or not such a scene ever really took place."

This event will be a 'staged' reading of the play followed by discussion. We will begin with a summary of Freud's text.

Cixous text available here:

If you want to reference the source, Freud's text here: