Historical Context

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Freud’s Austria
Freud’s home of Vienna is the capital of Austria, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, ruled by...

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Literary Style

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Narrative Voice
Freud made a bold move in choosing to write The Interpretation of Dreams, a ‘‘scientific’’...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Crick, Joyce, ‘‘Note on the Translation,’’ in The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud, Oxford...

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(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Elliott, Anthony, ed. Freud 2000. Cambridge, England: Polity Press, 1998. The essayists examine how Freud’s theories apply to current issues in the social sciences and humanities.

Frieden, Ken. Freud’s Dream of Interpretation. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990. Frieden asserts that despite Freud’s denials, he was influenced by biblical and rabbinical modes of dream interpretation. Convincingly argues that because interpretation is never a neutral act, Freud failed to acknowledge the prophetic aspect of his dream work.

Hyman, Stanley Edgar. “The Interpretation of Dreams.” In The Tangled Bank: Darwin, Marx, Frazer, and Freud as Imaginative Writers. New York: Atheneum, 1962. Hyman contends that the power of Freud’s ideas owes a great deal to his ability as an imaginative writer. He examines the tone, imaginative organization, and thematic metaphors of The Interpretation of Dreams.

Isbister, J. N. Freud: An Introduction to His Life and Work. Cambridge, England: Polity Press, 1985. Evaluates Freud’s ideas in a biographical and philosophical context and finds them wanting. Criticizes Freudian psychology as reductive and nihilistic. Calls for a revision of psychoanalytic dream theory in light of later studies on sleep.

Liu, Catherine, et al., eds. The Dreams of Interpretation: A Century down the Royal Road. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. A reevaluation of Freud’s book, with essays by psychoanalysts, philosophers, literary critics, and other writers who describe how Freud’s work changed the way people think about psychology, politics, and culture.

Marinelli, Lydia, and Andreas Mayer. Dreaming by the Book: Freud’s “The Interpretation of Dreams” and the History of the Psychoanalytic Movement. Translated by Susan Fairfield. New York: Other Press, 2003. Traces the changes in the eight editions of the book that appeared between 1899 and 1930 in relation to psychoanalytic practice.

Neu, Jerome, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Freud. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991. Collection of essays analyzing various aspects of Freud’s philosophy. The references to The Interpretation of Dreams are listed in the index.

Soule, George. “Freud and The Interpretation of Dreams.” In Books That Changed Our Minds, edited by Malcolm Cowley and Bernard Smith. New York: Kelmscott, 1939. Traces the widespread influence of Freud’s ideas on art, language, culture, and the study of history. Attempts to distinguish psychoanalytic theory from popular misconceptions.

Compare and Contrast

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1278: The Habsburg Empire acquires Austria and makes Vienna its capital city.

1860: Freud’s family moves to...

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Topics for Further Study

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Read one of the lectures from Freud’s Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (1910). What is his central theoretical point in this...

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Media Adaptations

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A fictionalized account of the life of Freud was the subject of Freud, the 1962 Hollywood movie directed by John Huston and starring...

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What Do I Read Next?

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The Letters of Sigmund Freud (1960), edited by Ernst L. Freud, includes a selection from Sigmund Freud’s prolific lifelong...

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