I wish to dream and other impossible effects of the crypt

Johnson, Laurie (2005) I wish to dream and other impossible effects of the crypt. Psychoanalytic Review, 92 (5). pp. 735-746. ISSN 0033-2836


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The writings of Nicolas Abraham (1919-75) and Maria Torok (1926-98) are presented as 'renewals of psychoanalysis' yet their treatment of dreams in revising Freud's Wolf Man case history poses significant problems for one of Freud's principal claims for the dream work: that it presents as the fulfilment of a wish. Reviewing the development of their theory of the crypt in the ego, this paper proposes ultimately that a renewal of the theory of the crypt can invigorate, rather than invalidate, our received picture of dream work.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This version of the article is not to be used for citations, and all references to the article should be made with reference to the issue and page numbers of the journal in which it appears: The Psychoanalytic Review, 92 (5), pp. 735-746.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:29
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nicholas Abraham, Maria Torok, Sigmund Freud, Traumdeutung, Wolf Man, dream interpretation, dreams, wish fulfilment, crypt
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1521/prev.2005.92.5.701
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/835

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