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Fighting Melancholia
Don Quixote's Teaching

ISBN 9781782203650
Published March 14, 2016 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Francoise Davoine has been investigating psychotic phenomena and trauma for over thirty years, in collaboration with Jean-Max Gaudilliere. In this book, she draws on her literary background to take the reader on a fascinating voyage with an unexpected but most helpful guide: Don Quixote. In her work, Davoine approaches madness not as a symptom, but rather as a place, the place where the symbolic order and the social link have ruptured. She sees the psychotic as a seeker, engaged in a form of exploration into the nature and history of this place. This brings us to the seeker Don Quixote. Davoine takes the reader into the world of the knight-errant, to describe his adventures in a fascinating new light.Cervantes, the survivor of war trauma, captivity, and all manner of misfortunes, created this hero, first and foremost, so that the tale be told.

Table of Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHORWARNING TO THE READERCHAPTER ONEAndante! CHAPTER TWOCervantes, an old warrior CHAPTER THREEPTSD: post-traumatic son Don Quixote (the post-traumatic son of Cervantes)CHAPTER FOURFirst sally, first sessionsCHAPTER FIVESecond sally towards the psychotherapy of trauma CHAPTER SIXWidening of the field of war and beyond CHAPTER SEVENDon Quixote becomes a psychoanalyst in the Sierra Morena CHAPTER EIGHTRegenerating the social link CHAPTER NINEA sombre affair CHAPTER TENHistory makes its entrance CHAPTER ELEVENFarewell to arms CHAPTER TWELVEBella ciao! ciao! ciao!REFERENCES INDEX

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