Laws of Transgression: The Return of Judge Schreber

Edited by Peter Goodrich and Katrin Truestedt

© 2021

Laws of Transgression offers multiple perspectives on the story of Daniel Paul Schreber (1842 –1911), a Chamber President of the German Supreme Court who was confined to a mental asylum after claiming God had communicated with him, desiring to make him into a woman. Schreber was not only a successful judge, but was also to become the author of one of the most commented upon texts in psychiatric literature, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Published in 1903, this remarkable work documented Schreber’s visions, desires, jurisprudence and theology. Far from ending the Judge’s legal investments, however, it manifested an intensification of engagement with the law in the attempt to prove that becoming a woman did not deprive the judge of legal competence.

Schreber’s experience of bodily change and his account of interior life has been the subject of over a century of psychoanalytic and medical scrutiny. With the contemporary trans turn, interest in the Judge’s desire to become a woman has intensified. In Laws of Transgression, Peter Goodrich, Katrin Truestedt, and their contributing authors set out to unfold Schreber’s complex relation to the law. The collection revisits and rediscovers the Memoirs, not only in its juridical and political implications, but as a transitional and transgressional text that has challenged law and heteronormativity.

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  • Page Count: 224 pages
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Offering diverse perspectives on Daniel Paul Scheber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, this volume uses law and legal thought to uncover fundamental questions about the nature of law and gender, sexuality and normativity.

Laws of Transgression: The Return of Judge Schreber

Edited by Peter Goodrich and Katrin Truestedt

© 2021

Laws of Transgression offers multiple perspectives on the story of Daniel Paul Schreber (1842 –1911), a Chamber President of the German Supreme Court who was confined to a mental asylum after claiming God had communicated with him, desiring to make him into a woman. Schreber was not only a successful judge, but was also to become the author of one of the most commented upon texts in psychiatric literature, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Published in 1903, this remarkable work documented Schreber’s visions, desires, jurisprudence and theology. Far from ending the Judge’s legal investments, however, it manifested an intensification of engagement with the law in the attempt to prove that becoming a woman did not deprive the judge of legal competence.

Schreber’s experience of bodily change and his account of interior life has been the subject of over a century of psychoanalytic and medical scrutiny. With the contemporary trans turn, interest in the Judge’s desire to become a woman has intensified. In Laws of Transgression, Peter Goodrich, Katrin Truestedt, and their contributing authors set out to unfold Schreber’s complex relation to the law. The collection revisits and rediscovers the Memoirs, not only in its juridical and political implications, but as a transitional and transgressional text that has challenged law and heteronormativity.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Peter Goodrich is a professor and director in the program of Law and Humanities at the Cardozo School of Law.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Peter Goodrich and Katrin Truestedt

    Chapter One: Schreber’s cases: Escaping from rational law
    Werner Gephart

    Chapter Two: Primal Scene
    Mark Sanders

    Chapter Three: “Because God Wishes It”: The Place of God in Schreber’s Minor Jurisprudence
    Rajgopal Saikumar

    Chapter Four: Schreber’s Double Process: Legal and Literary transformations in the Memoirs of my Nervous Illness
    Katrin Truestedt

    Chapter Five: Address without Signature: Schreber’s Memoirs and the Manning-Lamo Chat Logs
    Ludwig Schmitz

    Chapter Six: Embodied Critique and Posthuman(ist) Legal Futures/Things Worth More than Being Thought/Judge Schreber/Madness/Think!
    Daniela Gandorfer

    Chapter Seven: Schreber’s Grande Bellezza
    Patricia Gherovici

    Chapter Eight: On Gifted Schizophrenia
    W.J.T. Mitchell

    Chapter Nine: The Delusional Metaphor: On Schreber’s Anathema
    Davide Tarizzo

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