Seduction and Psychoanalysis
The action of the play Oedipus Rexconsists in nothing other than the process of revealing, with cunning delays and ever-mounting excitement--a process that can be likened to the work of psycho-analysis--that Oedipus himself is the murderer of Laius, but further that he is the son of the murdered man and of Jocasta.
Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (emphasis added)
I am aware that--in this town at least--there are many physicians who (revolting though it may seem) choose to read a case history of . . . [hysteria] not as a contribution to the psychopathology of neuroses, but as a roman à clef designed for their private delectation.
Freud, Dora: Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
I liked the doctors quite well. . . . The annoying thing was . . . their authority. . . . They would fall upon scraps of my thought: "This is ours." They would challenge my story: "Talk," and my story would put itself at their service.
Maurice Blanchot, The Madness of the Day
Psychoanalysis tells tales. Yet it does not "create" them. Rather, it repeats, sometimes betraying confidences from therapy, but always borrowing from other accounts, among them physics, philosophy, anthropology, and religion. The most telling debt of psychoanalysis has been to literature, however, and is the debt I most mean to