Profª Drª Erica

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Post-Doctorate Research

Institution: University of São Paulo (USP)
Period: August 2017 to February 2018.
Project Title: The Trauma of Exile: ambiguity, grief and melancholy in the work of Stefan Zweig.

Doctorate Degree

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 2006. Supervisor: Elódia Xavier.
Dissertation: Allures of media and consumption: fictional seduction in Patrícia Melo and Fernanda Young.


To draw connections between Psychoanalysis and Literature, in particular between German-language authors; the fin-de-siècle Vienna and its actors; female-authored literature and hysteria; hysteria and female characters; critical readings of sexuality; sex and gender.

Ongoing research project

Discourses on hysteria: challenging the feminine (2017)

In Totem and Taboo (1913), Freud investigates taboo and obsessive neurosis; in doing so, he relates distorted manifestations of the psyche to civilization’s cultural institutions, such as religion, art and philosophy. Thus, “(…) it would be possible to argue that a case of hysteria is the caricature of a work of art, that an obsessive neurosis is the caricature of a religion, and that paranoid delirium is the caricature of a philosophical system” (FREUD [1913] 1996, p. 87)

By viewing hysteria as “the caricature of a work of art”, this project pursues the following general goals:

√ To challenge traditional notions of language by analyzing socially deconstructive practices;
√ To regard Literature as a discourse, a social, political, historical and potentially transgressive product;
√ To explore aspects of the so-called fin-de-siècle Vienna by focusing on the perspective of decadence and ambivalence;
√ To investigate the discursive constructions of the woman Subject within that universe.

Our more specific goals are:

√ To investigate the woman subject in the works of Freud and other actors;
√ To comprehend the concept as hysteria as socially, politically and discursively constructed;
√To reflect upon aspects of sexuality, particularly feminine sexuality, by adopting such theoretical frameworks; √ To question ideas of sex, gender, and discourse.

As for future paths of investigation, we propose:

√ The analysis of hysteria in contemporary times;
√ The development of research around the role of female-authored art and female literary characters in contemporary times, especially through the questioning of deep-rooted, long-standing social practices (femininity, household chores, family management, professional life etc);
√ The study of sublimation and melancholy in dialogues between art and psychoanalysis.