Once Freud questions whether the interpreter can provide a neutral statement of a dream’s meaning, he implicitly acknowledges the hazards of interpretive manipulation. Because the dream report invariably distorts and revises, Freud can hardly maintain his bipartite model. Even before interpretation begins, the dream report already modifies the dream.
The analogy between dreams and (censored) texts encourages an application of Freud’s methods of dream interpretation to his own writings. His bipartite model of meaning conceives the manifest contents as an outer layer that...
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