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.

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PART ONE Autobiographics as Cure

chapter |3 pages

The Scene of Analysis

chapter I|15 pages

Obsession and Narrative Line

chapter II|18 pages

Fragments of Dora/Fragments of Freud

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PART TWO The Genealogy of Psychoanalysis

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chapter III|12 pages

Screened Memories

part |2 pages

PART THREE The Self and the Sign

chapter V|20 pages

The Self and the Sign

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PART FOUR Autobiographies as Reste: Derrida's Glas

chapter |4 pages

Glas and the Logic of the Unconscious

chapter VI|20 pages


chapter VII|20 pages


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PART FIVE The Fort/Da of Autobiography

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Psychoanalysis and the Postal Service

chapter VIII|26 pages

The Legacy of Beyond the Pleasure Principle

chapter IX|18 pages

The Literary Framework

chapter |2 pages