Claroscuro#1. (2010)

A secret moves in between what is kept and what is said, being in itself a commitment before those who custody it. Commitment that does not pass unseen, and has an effect both in the teller and the guardian. Freud and Frau Elfriede Hirschfeld are not the exception. Barrantes studies the questions this Freudian (not)case brings forth regarding the concept of transference, as well as the blurry line between the praxis of psychoanalysis, the writing of a case and everyday life. Why does Freud not publish Frau’s (not)case? Why does he hold on to the fear of scandal, inhibiting his analytical work from becoming a possible object of writing? That is to say, why does Freud keep himself from changing from Freud-Analyst to Freud-author? We are faced with a (not)case that makes Freud question the praxis of writing in itself. Frau Elriede Hirschfeld or, what is left as written from her passage through the Freudian couch, is found in a collection of Freud’s personal letters. What consequences does this doubt have in psychoanalytic praxis? Freud, in that kept unsaid, whispers that turning point in which it becomes necessary to think about the writing of these so-called “cases”.

Artículo completo en PDF