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Overview

What is a dream?

Dreams are universal, but their perceived significance and conceptual framework change over time. This book provides new perspectives on the history of dreams and dream interpretation in western culture and thought.
Dreams and History contains important new scholarship on Freud's Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and subsequent psychoanalytical approaches from distinguished historians, psychoanalysts, historians of science and anthropologists. This collection celebrates and evaluates Freud's landmark intellectual production, whilst placing it in historical context. A modern view of psychoanalysis, it also discusses the controversial idea of the role of the external world on the shaping of unconscious mental contents.

In highly accessible language it proceeds through a series of richly illustrated case studies, providing new source materials and debates about the causes, meanings and consequences of dreams, past and present: from Victorian anthropological exploration of ancient Greek dream sources to peasant interpretation of dream-life in communist Russia; from concepts of the dream in sixteenth-century England to visual images in nineteenth-century symbolist painting in France.

Dreams and History will fascinate those interested not only in psychoanalysis and history, but also arts, culture, humanities and literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583912829
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/9/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst and Professor of Cultural History, Queen Mary, University of London.

Lyndal Roper is Professor of Early Modern History, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 How Freud wrote and revised his Interpretation of Dreams: Conflicts around the subjective origins of the book of the century 23
3 Dreams and desires in ancient and early Christian thought 37
4 Interpreting dreams in medieval literature 57
5 Women's dreams in early modern England 91
6 Samuel Taylor Coleridge and 'The pains of sleep' 105
7 The meaning of dream books 125
8 Artists and the dream in nineteenth-century Paris: Towards a prehistory of surrealism 137
9 Policing dreams: History and the moral uses of the unconscious 159
10 The dreambook in Russia 178
11 'A nice type of the English scientist': Tansley and Freud 199
12 Psychoanalysis, dreams, history: An interview with Hanna Segal 237
13 A dream to dream 247
14 The shark behind the sofa: Recent developments in the theory of dreams 253
Index 271
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