Originally published in 1990. This uniquely fascinating study approaches the problem of autobiography from two directions: first assessing theories of the self, consciousness and language developed by both Freud and Derrida; second through the reading of the autobiographical aspects of their writings. The book begins with looking at the issue of making sense of a life by means of representation, through autobiography, within the field of psychological phenomena – screen memories, mourning, obsession, hysteria, transference. Part 1 focuses on Freud’s case histories and psychoanalysis being used to make a narrative of behaviour in language. Part two considers Freud’s own Interpretation of Dreams and its autobiographical nature. Part 3 examines intellectual movements such as phenomenology, speed act theory and structuralism while Parts 4 and 5 turn to Derrida’s use of autobiography as self-criticism and his debt to Freud.
Introduction Part 1: Autobiographics as Cure The Scene of Analysis 1. Obsession and Narrative Line 2. Fragments of Dora/Fragments of Freud Part 2: The Genealogy of Psychoanalysis Foundations 3. Screened Memories 4. The Interpretation of Dreams as Work of Mourning Part 3: The Self and the Sign 5. The Self and the Sign Part 4: Autobiographics as Reste: Derrida’s Glas Glas and the Logic of the Unconscious 6. Thanatopraxis 7. Signature Part 5: The Fort/Da of Autobiography Psychoanalysis and the Postal Service 8. The Legacy of Beyond the Pleasure Principle 9. The Literary Framework. Conclusion
Reissuing works originally published between 1960 and 1995, this varied set offers an outstanding collection of scholarship. It includes topics that touch on psychology, feminist criticism, philosophy and litrerary history as well as examinations of autobiography as genre.