The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis Volume II explores how the unformulated trauma associated with surgery performed on Emma Eckstein’s genitalia, and the hallucinations that Eckstein experienced, influenced Freud’s self-analysis, oriented his biological speculations, and significantly influenced one of his closest followers, Sándor Ferenczi. This thought-provoking and incisive work shows how Ferenczi filled the gaps left open in Freud’s system and proved to be a useful example for examining how such gaps are transmitted from one mind to another.

The first of three parts explores how the mind of the child was viewed prior to Freud, what events led Freud to formulate and later abandon his theory of actual trauma, and why Freud turned to the phylogenetic past. Bonomi delves deeper into Freud’s self-analysis in part two and reexamines the possible reasons that led Freud to discard the impact and effects of trauma. The final part explores the interpersonal effects of Freud’s self-dissection dream, arguing that Ferenczi managed to dream aspects of Freud’s self-dissection dream on various occasions, which helped him to incorporate a part of Freud’s psyche that Freud had himself failed to integrate.

This book questions the subject of a woman’s body, using discourse between Freud and Ferenczi to build a more integrated and accurate narrative of the origins and theories of psychoanalysis. It will therefore be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists and social scientists, as well as historians of medicine, science and human rights. Bonomi’s work introduces new arguments to the contemporary debate surrounding Female Genital Mutilation.

chapter |20 pages

Gaps, miracles, and ghosts

Introduction to Volume II

part I|50 pages

Theory in context

chapter 1|14 pages

Infantile amnesia

chapter 2|18 pages

Rise and fall of the seduction theory

chapter 3|16 pages

Primal fantasies, biotrauma, and shock

part II|68 pages

The abyss

chapter 4|13 pages

The fatal needle

chapter 5|13 pages

The blood covenant

chapter 6|13 pages

The timeless unconscious

Part I

chapter 7|13 pages

The timeless unconscious

Part II

chapter 8|14 pages


part III|106 pages


chapter 9|9 pages

Mute correspondence

I. Catabasis

chapter 10|16 pages

Mute correspondence

II. Epopteia

chapter 11|11 pages


A reparative fantasy

chapter 12|18 pages

A blind spot

chapter 13|17 pages

Nightmares are real

chapter 14|19 pages

Freud and Ferenczi on the Acropolis

chapter 15|14 pages

Flight into sanity