Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To use Evernote for note taking…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Evernote is a general note taking application that integrates with your browser. You can use it to save entire articles, bookmark articles, take notes, and more. It comes in both a free version which has limited synchronization capabilities, and also a subscription version, which raises that limit. You can download Evernote for your computer here. It can be used online, and there’s an app for it as well.

Some of the things you can do with Evernote:

  • Save search-result lists
  • Save complete articles
  • Save bookmarks to articles


For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Cheng, A.A. (2019). On dangerous ground: Freud’s visual cultures of the unconscious: by Diane O’Donoghue, New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, $118.44, 400pp. ISBN: 978-1501327957.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 100(4):798-801.

(2019). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 100(4):798-801

On dangerous ground: Freud’s visual cultures of the unconscious: by Diane O’Donoghue, New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, $118.44, 400pp. ISBN: 978-1501327957.

Anne Anlin Cheng

Objects are curiously absent in Freudian psychoanalysis. Although Freud clearly had a penchant for thinking with and through things, especially aesthetic things—paintings, artefacts, antiquities, dolls, pearl drop earrings, reticules, etc.—the materiality of objectness did not seem to

interest him very much beyond its service as a vehicle for other signification. For Freud, things disappear into metaphors; matter dissolves into symptoms. The “object” of psychoanalysis more often than not denotes not real things or even persons but a structural position in a psychical grammar, that is, object as one side of the subject/object dyad and understood as “the thing in regard to which and through which the instinct is able to achieve its aim.” (Freud, Instincts and Their Vicissitudes, SE XIV, 122). In short, objects are always what the poet T. S. Eliot calls “objective correlatives” for Freud. Indeed, this move away from material reality to psychical reality is a hallmark of the origin of psychoanalysis. Freud, as the story goes, abandoned his conviction of the real roots of pathogenic infantile scenes in favour of psychical reality and, in doing so, uncovered universal pathology and psychical reality itself.

Diane O’Donoghue's new study On Dangerous Ground: Freud's Visual Cultures of the Unconscious cuts against this grain and reasserts material culture firmly back into the making of psychoanalysis, arguing that Freud's preoccupation with infantile psychical erotic life is itself a screen for the trauma of his own very material immigration experience and the very real social, economic, familial, and affective displacements that it engendered.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.