The Freedom of Thought, in Dream-life if Nowhere Else: Freud, Foucault, and EuripidesAmerican Imago (2014)
This essay examines the “dead daughter in a box" dream, initially reported in Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), in order to explore two, related ideas: First, the dream is considered an exemplar of the work of symbolization, and in particular, a means for the dreamer to work through the fantasy of infanticide. Second, the dreamer’s disclosure of her dream is treated as an example of parrhesia – a particular speech act that Michel Foucault regarded as central to democracy. The overarching aim is to view dream-life as a quotidian and crucial site for the freedom of thought and speech.
Citation InformationSharon Sliwinski. "The Freedom of Thought, in Dream-life if Nowhere Else: Freud, Foucault, and Euripides" American Imago Vol. 71 Iss. 3 (2014) p. 229 - 251
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