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Throwing the case open: the impossible subject of Luisa Passerini’s Autobiography of a Generation

Ffytche, Matt (2020) 'Throwing the case open: the impossible subject of Luisa Passerini’s Autobiography of a Generation.' History of the Human Sciences, 33 (3-4). pp. 33-46. ISSN 0952-6951 (In Press)

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For John Forrester, the ‘case’, particularly in its psychoanalytic version, makes possible a science of the particular – knowledge open to the differences of individuals and situations. This article develops that aspect of Forrester’s account which linked the psychoanalytic case with forms of autobiography – new narrations of that particular self. After Freud, many authors – literary and psychoanalytic – have taken up the challenge of narrating subjectivity in new forms, engaging a quasi-psychoanalytic framework (H.D., Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick are examples). Focusing on Luisa Passerini’s text Autobiography of a Generation, which deals with the Italian experience of 1968, the article examines some of the features of such hybrid texts, and argues that psychoanalysis makes a contribution not just to the forms of self-investigation they pursue, but more significantly to the search for a radically new methodology of narration. Such models end up as ‘impossible’ cases, but in so doing they explore new interdisciplinary means for understanding the historical shaping of subjectivity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1968; autobiography; Luisa Passerini; psychoanalysis; subjectivity
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2019 11:00
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:25

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