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Gonchar, J. (1993). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991: A Dream of the Incest Taboo, Exchange of Women, and Seduction: A Reinterpretation of Freud's Dora. Caroline G. Banks. Pp. 251-268.. Psychoanal Q., 62:508-509.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991: A Dream of the Incest Taboo, Exchange of Women, and Seduction: A Reinterpretation of Freud's Dora. Caroline G. Banks. Pp. 251-268.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 62:508-509

Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991: A Dream of the Incest Taboo, Exchange of Women, and Seduction: A Reinterpretation of Freud's Dora. Caroline G. Banks. Pp. 251-268.

Joel Gonchar

The author approaches the Dora case and especially Dora's first dream in analysis from the point of view of anthropology and attempts to integrate this view with earlier psychological and linguistic interpretations. By claiming that the Dora case contains elements of the incest taboo, the exchange of women, and rules of kinship and marriage, Banks challenges the premise that the distance between psychological and cultural realms cannot be bridged. The theme of the relation between sexual taboos and the exchange of women is detailed in the work on kinship of Lévi-Strauss, who states that women are the most precious gifts exchanged between families and groups when a marriage takes place. Freud's choice of the name Dora to conceal his patient's identity further corroborates the idea of the woman's being

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a gift that is exchanged, because "Dora" comes from the Greek word for gift, a language with which Freud was familiar. From the anthropological point of view, the author argues that Freud was justified in concluding that Dora should give herself to Herr K.

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Article Citation

Gonchar, J. (1993). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. XIV, 1991. Psychoanal. Q., 62:508-509

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