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Cohen 28

analytic theory. Freud's insistence that the shortcomings of his writing have "been

forced on" him by this "effort" is moreover contradicted by the last clause of the

passage, which suggests that the reader demanded he write the case: whatever flaws

the case might have, Freud implies, they are ultimately the reader's responsibility.

Indeed, Freud openly states that his text is a do-it-yourself kit. Introducing the

most intricately argued chapter of the case history, "Anal Erotism and the Castration

Complex," Freud notes that due to the difficulty of uncovering the childhood neurosis

through the adult patient,

I have therefore been obliged to put it together from even smaller fragments

than are usually at one's disposal for purposes of synthesis. This task, which

is not difficult in other respects, finds a natural limit when it is a question of

forcing a structure which is itself in many dimensions on to the two-

dimensional descriptive plane. I must therefore content myself with bringing

forward fragmentary portions, which the reader can then put together into a

living

whole.7

(214)

In order to convince his opponents, Freud offers the case in such a way that the reader

can act on it and be acted on by it. But he first must render it transmittable, and in

doing so has to flatten its structure like a globe distorted to fit the restrictions of a

map. This process pushes the case past its "natural limit," causing its death; by

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Fragmentation is moreover a hallmark of the case history as a whole. Freud's official title for the

case,

the

of

Neurosis, suggests the existence of a complete work, The

proper that is the source of the reader's abridged version. Additionally, the first sentence of the text warns the reader in a parenthetical aside that the analysis will be presented "once again only in a fragmentary manner" (153).

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