Sharon Kivland

A Case of Hysteria

Sharon Kivland (1999)


A Case of Hysteria draws on Freud’s analysis of Dora, a young woman who is brought to him by her father. Dora is suffering from repeated loss of voice and a nervous cough. Sharon Kivland has created a mystery novel about Dora, which investigates the events discussed in her analysis as clues to the unlocking of a story of love and betrayal.

The book is a critical study that rewrites one of the key texts in psychoanalysis. A Case of Hysteria reveals an illuminating picture of Dora. The writer-turned detective traces the events recounted in the analysis, following the story to Vienna, Meran and Frazenbad.

Co-published by Book Works with the University of Sheffield.

A Case of Hysteria | Kivland, Sharon; | ISBN: 978 1 870600 25 9 | Price: £20.00 | Classification: Experimental writing; | Format: Offset printing; | Extent: 321 pages | Edition: 1,500 copies | Dimensions: 230 x 174mm | Designer: John & Orna Designs; | Printer: The Pale Green Press, London