The Interpretation of Dreams

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Paperback, Oxford University Press, USA, 2008, ISBN13 9780199537587, ISBN10 0199537585

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One hundred years ago Sigmund Freud publishedThe Interpretations of Dreams, a book that, like Darwin'sThe Origin of Species, revolutionized our understanding of human nature. Now this groundbreaking new translation--the first to be based on the original text published in November 1899--brings us a more readable, more accurate, and more coherent picture of Freud's masterpiece.

The first edition ofThe Interpretation of Dreamsis much shorter than its subsequent editions; each time the text was reissued, from 1909 onwards, Freud added to it. The most significant, and in many ways the most unfortunate addition, is a 50-page section devoted to the kind of mechanical reading of dream symbolism--long objects equal male genitalia, etc.--that has gained popular currency and partially obscured Freud's more profound insights into dreams. In the original version presented here, Freud's emphasis falls more clearly on the use of words in dreams and on the difficulty of deciphering them. Without the strata of later additions, readers will find here a clearer development of Freud's central ideas--of dream as wish-fulfillment, of the dream's manifest and latent content, of the retelling of dreams as a continuation of the dreamwork, and much more. Joyce Crick's translation is lighter and faster-moving than previous versions, enhancing the sense of dialogue with the reader, one of Freud's stylistic strengths, and allowing us to follow Freud's theory as it evolved through difficult cases, apparently intractable counter-examples, and fascinating analyses of Freud's own dreams.

The restoration of Freud's classic is a major event, giving us in a sense a new work by one of this century' most startling, original, and influential thinkers.

About the Series: For over 100 yearsOxford World's Classicshas made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Contributed by: Robertson, Ritchie
Contributed by: Crick, Joyce
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publish Date: Sep 15, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780199537587
ISBN-10: 0199537585
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9
Walmart No.: 9780199537587
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