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Freud, Dora, and Vienna 1900

Exploring attitudes and beliefs surround Jews, women, and doctors in beginning of the twentieth century, Hannah S. Decker analyses one of Sigmund Freud’s “unhappiest cases” (Peter Gay, Freud: A Life for Our Time).

Evaluating the psychoanalytic encounter of Sigmund Freud and Dora, an emotionally troubled adolescent suffering from hysteria, Hannah S. Decker places the treatment of Dora into a larger social and historical context.

In an effort to provide a glimpse into the private lives of upper-middle-class Jews in fin-de-siecle Vienna, Freud, Dora, and Vienna 1990 pursues the lives of both Freud and Dora before and after their meeting.

Hannah Decker is a Professor at the University of Houston. She is a scholar of German history and the recipient of the University of Houston Research Excellence Award and Teacher Excellence Award.