Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016308, Thu, 1 May 2008 10:03:24 EDT

Re: [NABOKOV - LIST] : signs and symbols, chapter three and four

In a message dated 01/05/2008 12:48:00 GMT Standard Time,
franassa@HOTMAIL.COM writes:

re the startling knowledge on the wife's part about the caller's error: O
instead of zero. Could there be a relationship to Freud and Anna O, Breuer's
patient. The mistake of Freud and Anna was to believe they were curing
Anna. Instead they were giving her zero, and one supposes Nabokov, had he been
there, would have offered that opinion: "You are mistaking O for zero" i.e.
you are treating a person, like a zero, a nonentity.
I found the following about the case of Anna O at
_www.richardwebster.net/freudandcharcot.html_ (http://www.richardwebster.net/freudandcharcot.html)
Interesting is the famous painting which shows exactly what Nabokov would
have objected to: the objectification of a human being into a "patient" an it.

It seems extremely improbable to me that Nabokov intends any connection with
Anna O. In any case, you shouldn't trust all you read in Richard Webster, or
in most writings on "Anna O." The definitive (so far) account of the
spurious scholarship (both pro- and anti-psychoanalytic) on the "Anna O." case is
the book by Richard Skues, Sigmund Freud and the History of Anna O.: Reopening
a Closed Case (2006). Dr Skues will be discussing his book at Inner Circle
Seminar No. 129 on Sunday 22 June. (See the announcement of the "Signs and
Symbols" seminar, and programme of future seminars, or contact me at
_stadlen@aol.com_ (mailto:stadlen@aol.com) .)

Anthony Stadlen

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