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Freud, S. (1927). Humour. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXI (1927-1931): The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents, and Other Works, 159-166.

Freud, S. (1927). [SEU159a1]Humour. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XXI (1927-1931): The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents, and Other Works, 159-166

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[SEU159a2]Editor's Note to "Humour"

[SEU159a3](a) German Editions:

[SEU159a4]1927 Der Humor Almanack 1928, 9-16.

[SEU159a5]1928 Der Humor Imago, 14 (1), 1-6.

[SEU159a6]1928 Der Humor G.S., 11, 402-8.

[SEU159a7]1948 Der Humor G.W., 14, 383-9.

[SEU159a8](b) English Translation:

[SEU159a9]1928 ‘Humour’ Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 9 (1), 1-6. (Tr. Joan Riviere.)

[SEU159a10]1950 ‘Humour’ C.P., 5, 215-21. (Revised reprint of above.)

[SEU159a11]The present translation is a corrected version of that published in 1950.

[SEU159a12]Freud wrote this paper in five days during the second week of August, 1927 (Jones, 1957, 146), and it was read on his behalf by Anna Freud on September 1, before the Tenth International Psycho-Analytical Congress at Innsbruck. It was first published in the autumn of the same year in the psycho-analytic ‘Almanac’ for 1928.

[SEU159a13]The paper returns, after an interval of more than twenty years, to the subject discussed in the last section of the book on Jokes (1905c). Freud now considers it in the light of his new structural picture of the human mind. Some interesting metapsychological points emerge in the later pages of the paper, and for the first time we find the super-ego presented in an amiable mood.

[SEU159a14]Humour

[SEU159a15]In my volume on Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905c), I in fact considered humour only from the economic point of view.

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