By Joy Damousi, Birgit Lang, Katie Sutton

The case examine has proved of tolerating curiosity to all Western societies, fairly relating to questions of subjectivity and the sexed self. This quantity interrogates how case stories were utilized by medical professionals, legal professionals, psychoanalysts, and writers to speak their findings either in the professional circles in their educational disciplines, and past, to wider publics. whilst, it questions how case reports were taken up via quite a number audiences to refute and dispute educational wisdom. As such, this publication engages with case reviews as websites of interdisciplinary negotiation, transnational alternate and effect, exploring the consequences of forces akin to struggle, migration, and internationalization.

Case reports and the Dissemination of Knowledge demanding situations the boundaries of disciplinary-based examine within the humanities. The instances tested function a way of passage among disciplines, genres, and publics, from legislation to psychoanalysis, and from auto/biography to modernist fiction. Its chapters scrutinize the case learn so that it will sharpen realizing of the genre’s dynamic position within the development and dissemination of data inside of and throughout disciplinary, temporal, and nationwide barriers. In doing so, they place the case on the heart of cultural and social understandings of the emergence of recent subjectivities.

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The second study discussed below is more contentious in the present context, both in its status as a good representative anecdote, and in its status as a case study at all. 5 This series of experiments was formally commenced in August 1961, although a pilot study was conducted with twenty undergraduates at Yale University in 1960. 6 There were several other publications between 1963 and 1974. Since then, Milgram’s study has resonated throughout public culture, having captured the attention of various publics and, like Freud’s case studies, having generated many reiterations.

Amongst the citizens of the democratic United States (as opposed to Germany), he had expected to find a resilient capacity to resist authority. His initial consternation and accompanying fascination is evident in a letter he wrote to Henry Riecken, the head of Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation, on September 21, 1961, just several weeks after his experiments had begun. Milgram wrote, In a naïve moment some time ago, I once wondered whether in all of the United States a vicious government could find enough moral imbeciles to meet the personnel requirements of a national system of death camps, of the sort that were maintained in Germany.

Freud was referring to the case of Fräulein Elisabeth von R. Sigmund Freud, “From the History of an Infantile Neurosis [1918],” in The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, trans. and ed. James Strachey, 24 vols. (London: Hogarth Press, 1955–74), vol. 17, 13. For example, Steven Marcus, “Freud and Dora: Story, History, Case History,” in his Representations (New York: Random House, 1975), 247–309; and Peter Brooks, “Fictions of the Wolf-Man: Freud and Narrative Understanding,” in his Reading for the Plot (Oxford: Blackwell, 1984).

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