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Marcus, L. Timms, E. Sabbadini, A. (2001). Freud: Dreaming, Creativity and Therapy. Psychoanal. Hist., 3(1):1-2.
   

(2001). Psychoanalysis and History, 3(1):1-2

Editorial

Freud: Dreaming, Creativity and Therapy

Laura Marcus, Edward Timms and Andrea Sabbadini

To celebrate the centenary of the first edition of Die Traumdeutung, we are pleased to welcome Laura Marcus and Edward Timms as Guest Editors for this special monographic issue of Psychoanalysis and History on ‘Freud:: Dreaming, Creativity and Therapy’.

We hope the publication of this series of wide-ranging articles may stimulate other scholars to submit proposals for future issues of our journal.

Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is one of the founding texts of the twentieth century. Published in November 1899, its publication date was given as 1900, nudging it over into the new century. Its centenary was marked by a number of conferences and publications, including the new translation by Joyce Crick. This translation, edited and introduced by Ritchie Robertson, is the first in English of the original version of Die Traumdeutung. It provides an opportunity to take a closer look at the original text and to assess its continuing relevance.

The essays in this special issue of Psychoanalysis and History are based on the conference Freud: Dreaming, Creativity and Therapy, held in London in May 2000. The aim of the conference was to bring together practising therapists and historians of psychoanalysis in order to undertake a reappraisal of the significance of dream-interpretation for both clinical practice and cultural studies. The papers delivered at the conference, and the essays collected here, are testament to the wide range of creative and interdisciplinary work inspired by the text that Freud himself felt to be both his masterpiece and his autobiography.

We include here essays addressing the historical and cultural contexts for The Interpretation of Dreams; its philosophical and literary antecedents and its influence on twentieth-century thought; its complex textuality and theories of representation and interpretation, which have had such a powerful influence; the continuing role of dream-interpretation in clinical practice.

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