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Madeleine Lebouc : se faire un corps sanctifié par la religion catholique

Abstract : Madeleine Lebouc, alias Pauline Lair Lamotte, fascinated Pierre Janet. Her ecstasies, her stigmatas and the way she constantly walked on her tiptoes truly amazed him. How he raised her as a paradigmatic case in De l’angoisse à l’extase reveals this. Because she was hospitalised in a mental ward and set as an example to scientifically explain mysticism as the separation of the Church and the French State had just been achieved, Madeleine was rejected by the clergymen. Nevertheless, her religious commitment cannot be questioned and is actually worth analysing. Her existential orientation to Franciscan ideals helped her tame the torments of her cyclothymic psychosis until that defence collapsed, resulting in her being confined to La Salpêtrière. In her mystic delusion oscillating between melancholic unworthiness and manic ecstasy, Madeleine then adopted the ideal image Janet had of her. Without knowing it, Janet was indeed at the origin of her patient's stigmatas. By the use of these signs of Christ, worshipped in the Catholic religion, and by her physical elevation – walking on her tiptoes –, Madeleine tried, next to the famous psychologist, to attain a glorious body through an image of holiness right where from she felt cursed because of the sinful pleasure tormenting her.
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Romuald Hamon. Madeleine Lebouc : se faire un corps sanctifié par la religion catholique. L'Évolution Psychiatrique, Elsevier, 2008, 73 (1), pp.41 - 52. ⟨10.1016/j.evopsy.2007.11.004⟩. ⟨hal-01701368⟩



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