“Dostoevsky and Parricide” (German: Dostojewski und die Vatertötung) is an introductory article contributed by Sigmund Freud to a scholarly collection on The . Int J Psychoanal. ; Dostoevsky and parricide. FREUD S. PMID: ; [Indexed for MEDLINE]. Publication Types: Biography; Historical Article. Freud’s essay “Dostoevsky and Parricide” was published in as an introduction to a German collection of materials on The Brothers Karamazov. (1) This.

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Also PSS That same day, she wrote in her letter, she had visited Anna Grigorevna and asked whether Dostoevsky had ever told her the cause of his first epileptic seizure. The reader is referred not only to Strakhov’s account given above but to the detailed records of seizures made by Dostoevsky himself between andwhich are available in English. His mental condition was also grievous: He has always been a stimulating, helpful, and patient friend. Unable to direct his rage at anyone, Smerdyakov chooses to express his pent-up violence in hanging cats, celebrating violence in a grotesque religious ceremony.

He prefaced the footnote with a noncommittal remark: The force of creativity rises to overcome the force of destruction within him.

If Carr and other detractors of Freud are right, if there is no connection between epilepsy and parricide, then our understanding of both Dostoevsky’s life and his works is terribly impoverished.

Brown, “Cognitive Impairment in epileptic patients,” in Epilepsy and Psychiatryp. But the most important thing was that he lost his memory and for two dostoevwky three days he would feel utterly broken. Suddenly there came from his open mouth a weird, longdrawn-out and senseless sound, and he fell unconscious on the floor. The Johns Hopkins Press,pp. Grigory could not restrain himself.

Dec 10, d added it Shelves: If we seek to rank him high as a moralist on the plea that only a man who has gone through the depths of sin can reach the highest summit of morality, we are neglecting a doubt that arises.


Gastaut was especially irate with Freud and Sartre who had analyzed Flaubert’s epilepsy as parricive hysterical origin because both writers mistakenly assumed that “hysteria can parricidde responsible alone for epilepsy by psychogenic mechanisms.

We long for an explanation of Dostoevsky’s seizures that, while meaningful, does not involve the mystery of the psyche. Persons severely afflicted with epilepsy, according to the experience of the greatest psychiatrists, are always [my italics] prone to continual and, needless to say, morbid self-accusation.

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Or is it rather his realization – and ours – that the audience is hungry for sensation to replace its loss of faith in God; Dostoevsky builds dostoevsku this characterization of the audience western, liberal as well as of the judge. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, And if the theory is valid, it should call attention to those events and illuminate them.

The only two lengthy descriptions of epilepsy in the novels occur in The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Second, his mother made a special point of giving birth to Smerdyakov in Fyodor’s garden, even at the cost of her life see fn. We should observe, first of all, that the incident begins with a question about cosmic origins. To ask other readers questions about Dostoevsky and Parricideplease sign up. See the bibliography in James Rice’s book.

Dietrich Blumer Washington, C. He built up his ego by despising others especially the Karamazovs, except for Ivan ; he mistrusted a world that had unjustly condemned him to be a To save a shortcut to an article to your desktop… PEP-Web Tip of the Day The way you save a shortcut to an article on your desktop depends on what internet browser and device you dostoevsyk using.

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On one hand, as we shall see later, Dostoevsky had a number of clashes with authority figures. I have no fanatical commitment to Freud’s general theories.


Ivan the Terrible behaved in exactly this way; indeed, this compromise with morality is a characteristic Russian trait. All this he did on the sly, with the greatest secrecy. But if organic and hysterical elements combine with each other, or succeed each other, then Freud’s theory remains just as valid as the diagnosis of organic epilepsy.

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Freud asserted in this letter in accordance with the prevailing opinion of his time that organic epilepsy – a disease of the brain – was associated as a rule with mental deterioration. A Collection of Critical Essaysed. Perhaps Freud felt that Smerdyakov’s repression of his hatred of Grigory was not characteristic enough because it was probably not unconscious: American Psychiatric Publications,pp. A week dostoevxky he had his first attack of the disease to which he was subject all the rest of his life – epilepsy.

Smerdyakov would like to hit back, to hit hard, but is too weak to do so. Jung later broke with Freud and developed his own theories. What is the evidence? A given person may suffer from both of these disorders hysteria and epilepsyseparately or perhaps as a hybrid phenomenon.

Nevertheless, differences between the hysterical and epileptic seizures have been observed clinically; standard tables of comparison can be found in any textbook on epilepsy. Inhis major work ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ was published in which Freud analysed dreams in terms of unconscious desires and experiences.

If I may digress for a moment, I find it hard to understand the certainty with which epilepsy experts know that Freud is mistaken.