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"She Who Steps Along": Gradiva, telecommunications, history

Journal Article


Abstract


  • As is clear from the terms in which the citation above is couched, Sigmund

    Freud’s 1906 study, Delusions and Dreams in Jensen’s “Gradiva,” is in

    part concerned with directness, proximity, and distance. Although certain

    “expedients and substitutes” are an irreducible part of the doctor’s

    method, his task is nonetheless to reduce the dimension of distance and

    detour as far as possible: he is to “approximate” a certain immediacy,

    modeled by Gradiva. To indicate the relation between mediation and

    immediacy, however, Freud writes, would “take us much too far away

    from the task before us.” In this paper, I intend to follow up, not “the

    task before us,” but rather the very detour that Freud cuts off—to proceed

    along the lines that he indicates but does not follow in the passage

    cited, in order to end up “much too far away” from the immediate task.

    That is, I will not privilege immediacy and proximity over distance and

    detour; rather, I will examine the relation between the two, by analyzing

    the technical structures of mediation that enable (an approximation to)

    immediacy in Gradiva.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Willis, I. (2007). "She Who Steps Along": Gradiva, telecommunications, history. Helios: a journal devoted to critical and methodological studies of classical culture, literature, and society, 34 (2), 223-242.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70450000908

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/412

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 223

End Page


  • 242

Volume


  • 34

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • As is clear from the terms in which the citation above is couched, Sigmund

    Freud’s 1906 study, Delusions and Dreams in Jensen’s “Gradiva,” is in

    part concerned with directness, proximity, and distance. Although certain

    “expedients and substitutes” are an irreducible part of the doctor’s

    method, his task is nonetheless to reduce the dimension of distance and

    detour as far as possible: he is to “approximate” a certain immediacy,

    modeled by Gradiva. To indicate the relation between mediation and

    immediacy, however, Freud writes, would “take us much too far away

    from the task before us.” In this paper, I intend to follow up, not “the

    task before us,” but rather the very detour that Freud cuts off—to proceed

    along the lines that he indicates but does not follow in the passage

    cited, in order to end up “much too far away” from the immediate task.

    That is, I will not privilege immediacy and proximity over distance and

    detour; rather, I will examine the relation between the two, by analyzing

    the technical structures of mediation that enable (an approximation to)

    immediacy in Gradiva.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Willis, I. (2007). "She Who Steps Along": Gradiva, telecommunications, history. Helios: a journal devoted to critical and methodological studies of classical culture, literature, and society, 34 (2), 223-242.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70450000908

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/412

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 223

End Page


  • 242

Volume


  • 34

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States