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Schreber's Law: Jurisprudence and Judgment in Transition

Peter Goodrich


Daniel Paul Schreber, a senior German Judge at the end of the 19th century, author of Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, wanted to become a woman. Diagnosed by Freud, without ever meeting this patient, as mad, the Judge was simultaneously made world famous and stigmatised as a lunatic. The diagnosis, taken up again by Lacan, excluded the Judge from any non-clinical reading. Schreber’s Law reverses this diagnosis and takes up the case of the Judge in the current climate of trans advocacy to argue that far from being mad, he was driven by transitional desire and his extra-judicial writings, the Memo ... More

Keywords: Psychosis and law, Foreclosure, legal theology, transition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474426565
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474426565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Goodrich, author
Cardozo School of Law