The following quote is from Lacan. It was delivered in 1977 (intervention in Brussels). Those of you who have been following my work will note the relevance:
Where have they gone, the hysterics of yesteryear, those marvelous women, the Anna O.’s, the Emmy von N’s . . . ? Not only did they play a certain social role, but when Freud took to listening to them, it was they who permitted the birth of psychoanalysis. It was from listening to them that Freud inaugurated an entirely new mode of human relation. What replaces those hysteric symptoms of old?
It is not a bad usage to employ hysteria for a metaphysical purpose [emploi]; metaphysics is hysteria.
With all this recent talk of the “material unconscious” – do we really have to look very far for today’s hysterics?