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Vinocur-Fischbein, S. (2005). Oneiric activity and the analytical process: A semiotic perspective on Willy Baranger's theory of dreams. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(5):1329-1352.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(5):1329-1352

Oneiric activity and the analytical process: A semiotic perspective on Willy Baranger's theory of dreams Language Translation

Susana Vinocur-Fischbein

This author reconsiders, from a semiotic perspective, the theoretical and technical ideas developed by Willy and Madeleine Baranger, especially W. Baranger's views on the function of dreams, the status of oneiric symbols and the further clinical-technical use of dreams in the context of the intersubjective dynamic field, together with the basic unconscious fantasy that emerges in the analytic situation. She attempts to relate the Barangers' ideas to others arising from Peirce's analytic semiotics that would support a triadic conceptualization of dreams. The need to incorporate a pragmatic view of communication and of the processes of production of sense as contributions to dream metapsychology and interpretation in the case of non-neurotic patients is particularly emphasized. On the basis of the hypothesis of a described series of triads underlying the production and retelling of dreams, the acknowledgment of these produced/told dreams as intentional signs allows the presence of a continuous process of semiosis to be proposed. The author introduces clinical material to illustrate the communicative value of dreams through the textual analysis of the report and accompanying associations of three dreams. Such analysis takes a linguistic pragmatics approach that examines those aspects of meaning not accounted for by a restricted semantic theory.

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