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Sliwinski, S. (2014). On the Freedom of Thought, in Dream Life if Nowhere Else: Freud, Foucault, and Euripides. Am. Imago, 71(3):229-251.
   

(2014). American Imago, 71(3):229-251

On the Freedom of Thought, in Dream Life if Nowhere Else: Freud, Foucault, and Euripides

Sharon Sliwinski

When I assigned The Interpretation of Dreams in a seminar class a few years ago, a student queried me about one of Freud's remarks at the end of the first preface, a moment when he asks his readers to grant him “the right of freedom of thought—in my dream-life, if nowhere else.” I tried to explain, perhaps a little too hastily, that the plea refers to the fact that Freud used his own dreams as the key source material for the book and this had put him in a tight spot. As he acknowledges: “it inevitably followed that I should have to reveal to the public gaze more of the intimacies of my mental life than I liked, or than is normally necessary for any writer who is a man of science and not a poet.” One's dreams do not usually qualify as scientific data. The preface closes with a request that his readers accept this unorthodox situation and that anyone finding a reference to him- or herself in the book “grant me the right of freedom of thought—in my dream-life, if nowhere else” (Freud, 1900, pp. xxiii-xxiv).

My explanation did not seem to satisfy the student.

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