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RODRIGUES, Carlos Eduardo  and  DE CASTRO, Júlio Eduardo. Invent a body: Schreber and his delirious metaphor. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.3, pp. 70-83. ISSN 2359-0769.

This article discusses the construction of Schreber's delusional metaphor, the emergence of the significant "Woman-of-God" and the points at which he experiences transformations in his body through elementary phenomena, more specifically his hallucinations and delusions. He intends to articulate the evolution of his delirium with the invention of a body that can be enjoyed and that allows him to be named. The body, according to psychoanalysis, is crossed by language, is not the biological body and is therefore marked by the signifier. In psychosis, the event of the body comes as a response to something that surpasses the subject, for the signifier therein is embodied as an enjoyment of the Other. The events of a body in psychosis are effects of the foreclusion of the Name-of-the-Father, a signifier that, being included outside, at most keeps the Imaginary weakly attached to the Real and to the Symbolic by means of the imaginary canes. These are a compensating resource for the borromean mooring that does not exist due to the effect of foreclusion. Since the image of the body is the support of the subject's relation with the desire of the Other, Schreber invents his body with the feminine image delirious to satisfy God. And if the delusion is already an attempt at healing, an invention of knowledge (S2) that gives meaning to S1, we intend here to clarify how delusion can serve to invent a body, which in psychosis is shattered by the effect of foreclusion. Schreber, by consenting to the enjoyment of the Other in the figure of God, made suture in his psychic reality and invented a habitable body itself. To invent a body of its own was, therefore, Schreber's way of making a substitution for the forbidden Name-of-the-Father. With this, there was a restitution of the psychic reality and a containment of the enjoyment of the Other by means of the image of this body transmuted into a woman's body, thus restoring the image of itself and, as a result, stabilizing its delirium.

Keywords : psychosis; forbidden name-of-the-father; delusional metaphor; body; invention.

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