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Reed, G.S. (1986). Freud and Dora. The Artful Dream: By Phillip McCaffrey. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1984. 192 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 55:666-670.

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(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:666-670

Freud and Dora. The Artful Dream: By Phillip McCaffrey. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1984. 192 pp.

Gail S. Reed Author Information

Phillip McCaffrey's suggestion that we consider applying literary critical skills to dream interpretation is intriguing. It seems to promise a new look at the dream text. Freud, after all, paid close attention to certain aspects of manifest dream form, and we have not always followed him in his interest. Dreams "reproduce logical connection [in the dream thoughts] by simultaneity in time," he tells us. Further, the dream represents causal connections in the dream thoughts in two ways, by representing the dependent clause as an introductory dream and the main clause as the more important dream, or by "one image in the dreambeing transformed into


1 Freud, S. (1900): The interpretation of dreams. S.E., 4:314.

2 Freud, (1900): The interpretation of dreams. S.E., pp. 315-316.

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