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Devreese, D. (1996). Anatomy of Soul Murder, Part II: Family Romance and Structure of Delusion in the Memoirs of D. P. Schreber. Psychoanal. Rev., 83(6):913-927.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Review, 83(6):913-927

Anatomy of Soul Murder, Part II: Family Romance and Structure of Delusion in the Memoirs of D. P. Schreber

Daniel Devreese, Ph.D.

VII. Margraves of Tuscany and Tasmania

Although this delusional title was the subject of one previous attempt at interpretation (Niederland, 1974, pp. 85-91), the author did not consider the fragment as part of the context of the delusion about soul murder. We will propose a new analysis, based on the previously analyzed family romance, to a large extent the product of the identification of our subject with K. Hauser. The skewback for our new theory is already contained in Feuerbach's theory about the real descent of Hauser, the first element of Schreber's delusionally exalted noble title, Margrave, being common to the noble title of the Margraves of Baden. The question remains as to what is meant by the second and third element of the delusional title?

We have again to take a closer look at the real names of “other members of Schreber's family”(Cf. chapter III) to answer this question. First of all, it is a striking fact that similarly to the noble name of his paternal grandmother, two of his sisters, Anna (p. 1840) and Sidonie (b. 1846) were named after two princesses of the Royal House of Saxony (Devreese, 1989, I, p. 93). Anna of Saxony (b. 1836) was married to Ferdinand of Tuscany, but after her untimely death in 1859 Ferdinand remarried Alix of Parma. Their daughter, Luise of Tuscany (b. 1870) eventually married the future King of Saxony, Friedrich August III. “Luise” is also the first name of Schreber's mother, Luise Henriette Pauline Haase (1815-1907). Like her namesake, Princess Sidonie (b. 1834), Sidonie Schreber never married.

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