This chapter explores the case of Ellen West, a troubled patient of Ludwig Binswanger who suffered from anorexia nervosa, from the viewpoint of psychoanalysis. Ellen’s youthful expressions of despair were already recognizable between the lines of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust: the gray allegorical figure of Need (Not) sits at her grave. The allegorical figures that, with Not at the front of the line, heralded Faust’s death emerged in the wake of the gravest crime committed by the Devil’s bureaucratic administration of genius Faust’s desires. Ellen’s Faustian striving is to eat the world, wolf it down, whereupon it bites her in the ass as tomb world. She sees her relation to food as analogous to a murderer’s relationship to the scene of the crime. The dreams of schizophrenics tend to be continuous with their waking realities: she dreams of death or food or of food and death. Fundamentally (formally and temporally) schizophrenia is schleichend or, to give a synonym that via foreign bodies transmits in several languages, schleppend.
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