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He seems to have taken up with some woman . . 45 object or to a unified image of one's own body) through narcissism (erotic investment in one's own unified image) to choice of an external object; the movement across stages of sexual pleasure (oral, anal, genital); the entry into and resolution of the Oedipus complex (a structure of desire and hostility in respect of the father and mother); the repression of the sexual in the latency period between infancy and puberty; the conflict at puberty, which sees the organic development of the body for sexual activity, between the repression and the reawakened sexual drives .

Thus the interminable doubt: the need to try every woman , all women, in order to have from them the certainty of the sex, the assurance of Woman, complete and enclosed, finally known and secured in that knowledge; and this the most 'objectively' - medically, physiologically - possible (at the end of Walter, a few years later, is Jack the Ripper, the Whitechapel murderer, dissecting his prostitute victims , removing vagina and womb with all the professional skill of . . a medical man) . And yes , of course, good Victorian, Walter suffers from spermatorrhoea , notes with anxiety his nocturnal emissions.

Hysteria and the sexual? Everything turns on the idea of sexuality being envisaged , imagined, grasped for here . There is no sexual aetiology if sexual is to mean some cause in the reproductive organs . But then there are traces , signs, marks of sexual preoccupation, something is at stake in hysteria - in its manifestation, its conception, its representation . Charcot opposes a sexual aetiology in the first sense and then reinscribes the sexual, those traces , throughout his work and practice.

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