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Schreber's LawJurisprudence and Judgment in Transition$
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Peter Goodrich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474426565

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474426565.001.0001

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Conclusion: Laughing in the Void

Conclusion: Laughing in the Void

(p.138) Conclusion: Laughing in the Void
Schreber's Law

Peter Goodrich

Edinburgh University Press

Nemo nascitur artifex1

My argument, as brilliant as it now seems banal, is that Schreber’s transition, his pain and dysphoria, as also his desire to identify as feminine, to feel as a woman, to leave the law so as to right the law, was a simple reflection, among other causes, of the contemporary institutional prohibition of such visceral and visible performances of ambivalent or transitional gender identification. He was diagnosed as mentally ill, incarcerated as mad, and yet maintained throughout that he was sane, that his transition was real, and that the experience was sufficiently important to record in minute detail and to present to science and philosophy as an empirical datum. Medical categories change, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) moves on, and today we would more likely view the Judge’s ...

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