More than a hundred years after their first publication, Freud’s theories of dream interpretation occupy a firm place in the canon of Western thought. Since The Interpretation of Dreams appeared in 1899, a significant psychoanalytic movement has grown out of the multiple processes detailed within Freud’s essential and foundational text. Lydia Marinelli and Andreas Mayer offer a thorough and lucid historical and sociological investigation of the changes dream interpretation underwent between 1899 and 1930, a period of time over which eight different editions of the book were produced.
In this groundbreaking study, Marinelli and Mayer make the case that Freud’s readers contributed heavily to the numerous revised editions of the book through their invaluable critiques. Marinelli and Mayer systematically emphasize the involvement of these individuals, who have not previously been taken into consideration or who have been insufficiently accounted for in the editions of The Interpretation of Dreams to date: the critics, colleagues, and patients who formed the audience for each edition of the study as it appeared. The various alterations in the text over the course of its eight editions are thus not examined as immanent theoretical movements oriented toward Freud alone. Instead, they are examined as indicators for social negotiations between the author and the members of the growing psychoanalytic movement in Zurich and Vienna. The authors provide strong arguments toward the case that psychoanalytic theory is the outcome of collective and conflictual processes, revealing that The Interpretation of Dreams is inextricably intertwined with the formation of the psychoanalytic movement and its bifurcations.
The book is supplemented by texts and correspondence that have long remained unpublished or out of print, including two important works by Otto Rank that were part of the fourth and following editions of Freud’s book, as well as a text by Sigmund Freud’s brother, Alexander, and letters from Eugen Bleuler and Alphonse Maeder.
Träume nach Freud exists now in the second edition (2009) as part of Lydia Marinelli’s Collected Works; the third German edition will appear in 2011 with the same publisher (Turia + Kant, Vienna).
About Lydia Marinelli
Lydia Marinelli (1965-2008) was one of the most brillant Austrian historians of her generation. After studies at the University of… More about Lydia Marinelli
About Andreas Mayer
Andreas Mayer is a historian and sociologist of science, who has published extensively on the history of the human sciences,… More about Andreas Mayer
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Published by Other Press Nov 17, 2003| 256 Pages| 6 x 9| ISBN 9781590510094
“Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams appeared in eight editions between 1899 and 1930. Here, Mayer and Marinelli track textual changes in relation to psychoanalytic practice, arguing that discursive and social formations have mutual influences that can be identified. This pioneering bibliographic and historical effort shows how Freud’s original text preceded a methodology of dream interpretation, which, in the middle phase, incorporated, myth and literature in a lexicon of symbols, ending with canonization of the text.”