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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XLVI, 1982: A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis. 1936-1904. Henri Vermorel. Pp. 513-526.. Psychoanal Q., 56:590.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XLVI, 1982: A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis. 1936-1904. Henri Vermorel. Pp. 513-526.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:590

Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XLVI, 1982: A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis. 1936-1904. Henri Vermorel. Pp. 513-526.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

The close connection between Freud's development of his theory and his self-analysis cannot be denied. All his work has an auto-analytic element. In his paper about the memory difficulties on the Acropolis he returned to an episode that had occurred some thirty-two years earlier. This eight-page paper took the form of a letter to Rolland, who was thus the successor to Fliess as Freud continued his self-analysis. Elements of unresolved transference to Fliess are evident in Freud's sometimes obsessive preoccupation with the date of his death and in his playing with numbers. The disturbance of memory is connected to Fliess because it took place only a few days after he had accused Freud of having stolen his ideas on bisexuality. Vermorel focuses on the feminine and maternal in Freud's thought. The open letter to Rolland touches on several aspects of Freud's passive homosexuality and his feminine identification which he had been unable to accept with Dora, who had needed him as the object of a homosexual transference. This attempt to deal with the most primitive aspect of the relationship with his mother had begun in his paper on female sexuality. So this important paper represents an after-understanding (après-coup) of the experience of 1904, after a period which permitted the gestation of almost the totality of Freud's work. Yet Freud was struggling all the while to avoid the recognition of maternal identification.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychoanalyse. XLVI, 1982. Psychoanal. Q., 56:590

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