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Ginsburg, L.M. (2007). Revisiting Sigmund Freud's “Dream of the Botanical Monograph”. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 15:302-313.

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(2007). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 15(2):302-313

Revisiting Sigmund Freud's “Dream of the Botanical Monograph”

Lawrence M. Ginsburg

Modern scholars have interpreted the interconnected memories in Freud's “Dream of the Botanical Monograph” along a number of contrasting trajectories. One dubbed the vivid flashbacks he experienced as his “Happiness of Transgression.” Another characterized them as his infantile “Memory of Bliss.“It is significant that the middle-aged Freud misdated “the period during my life” when an episode occurred involving the tearing of a volume that included “coloured plates.” In his self-analysis, he interpreted their destruction not only as a screen memory, but also as a motivation for later “bibliophile propensities.” Collateral evidence discloses examples of subsequent “bookworm” scenarios in which the youthful boy's “page-altering” fingers were energized. Other manifestations of the timelessness of Freud's bibliophile propensities resurfaced throughout his life. It was his habit to highlight words, phrases, and passages he read, as well as galley proofs of manuscripts he edited, with colour-coded underlining and marginalia.

Les spécialistes modernes ont interprété de plusieurs façons différentes, voire contradictoires, le tissu de souvenirs de Freud dans le rêve de la monographie botanique. Un auteur a associé les flashbacks très vifs de Freud à la « joie de la transgression ». Un autre a relié ces flashbacks à la mémoire infantile d'un « état de grâce ». Il n'est pas indifférent que Freud, à l'âge adulte, ait mal daté la « période de sa vie » où est survenu l'épisode où il a déchiré un volume qui contenait des « photos couleurs ». Dans son auto-analyse, Freud a interprété la destruction des images non seulement comme un souvenir de couverture, mais aussi comme un déclencheur de sa propension ultérieure à être un « rat de bibliothèque ». Ultérieurement, lorsqu'il sera en contact avec des livres, Freud aura parfois des fourmillements dans ses doigts d'enfant-qui-déchirait-;les-pages:

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