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The Wolf Man's Magic Word: A Cryptonymy (Theory and History by Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok

By Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok

An leading edge literary research of Freud's "Wolf Man."

"To today they name him the Wolf-Man. yet did an individual rather recognize why? you are going to realize it. What occurs the following - i'm speaking approximately an occasion and a monument - is comparable to an archeological dig. A huge textual content is uncovered to an interpretation whose bold and effectiveness vie with every one other." -Jacques Derrida

"This publication succeeds due to its very particular lexical interpretations coupled with an indication of the way a real hyperlink among psychoanalysis and literary research will be established." -Paul de guy

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And yet this strange foreignness inhabits the same words, disguises itself in the same language and in the same discursive system. Whence the question asked in "The Shell and the Kernel": "It is within this hiatus, within this non-presence of the self to itself, the very condition of reflexivity, that the phenomenologist is standing without knowing it, to scrutinize, from the point of view of this terra incognita, his only visible horizon, that of the inhabited con­ tinents. Whereas the domain of psychoanalysis is situated precisely on that 'ground of not-thought' of phenomenology.

Who returns here? where? to whom? to what? Will it have ended up working well for him, this cryptic machination? If yes, no, if no, yes. To this day his cryptonyms had so successfully disguised his iden­ tity, scrambled the tracks of his real name (and first and foremost in the very eyes of him who says I), that it seemed the goal had been attained. Everything had worked out very well. But also very badly: What was kept safe was the monument of a catastrophe and the permanent possibility of its return.

And it is to the extent that the crypt closed badly that a chance still remained: the proof. But one can never sufficiently ponder the fact that the proof came, for him, too late. For him, but who? Would he ever have been able to read what is written here on his own crypt? Would it all come back to him? A ghost returning from where? Something like his proper name is what his cryptonyms kept secret. Cryp­ tonymy is said first of his proper name. The Thing (tieret) would perhaps be the Wolf Man's name if there were any such thing here as a name or a proper name.

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