Freud on Literature: Dig Deeper

“A dream-thought is unusable so long as it is expressed in an abstract form; but when once it has been transformed into pictorial language, contrasts and identifications of the kind which the dream-work requires…can be established more easily than before between the new form of expression and the remainder of the material underlying the dream” (Freud).  Similarly, Freud might suggest, a multitude of word-based thoughts running rampant through the mind’s halls are noncommunicable without a cot on which to settle.

Dreamers arrange dream-thoughts in pictorial dream-content; writers arrange thoughts, ideas, stories, etc.  in literature.   “This is because in every language concrete terms…are richer in association than conceptual ones.  Stories reserved to the mind have  limited accessibility to others other than the story’s store-er.  Written, the words and sentences are concrete, palpable representations of the author’s internal world.  The written story is a “most succinct and unified” results of the author’s “dispersed” thoughts.  Accordingly, to most successfully read literature it is recommended that you treat the text in the following ways:

1.  Read that which is before you as representative of something larger.  The text is merely a brief arrangement of the author’s more-abundant thoughts.  Therefore, look for rhetorical terms which have the capacity to hold something greater than just face value.  Certain comparisons, like the metaphor and synecdoche, have the ability to condense multiple thoughts into a smaller holding shell.

2.  Note the difference between denotation and connotation.  Be careful to shy from defining words too literally, as they might actually hold more bounding, richer content and meaning.  You might want to do some research on the text’s author, and a little more on the time period in which the author wrote his/her text.  Specific words have different connotations according to the time period to which they belong. Knowing a little about this time period and about the author can assist you in your quest for connotation.

In summary, look at the text as not as a listing of  the most valuable or least important words (run far, far from the Wordle), but as each word, individually, as having the capability to mean so much more than what it initially might seem to.

 

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11 Responses to “Freud on Literature: Dig Deeper”

  1.   Kevin L. Ferguson Says:

    Definitely run from the Wordle (unless we can reverse it so that it displays the least repeated words most prominently?).
    “The text is merely a brief arrangement of the author’s more-abundant thoughts”: If this is true, and if we believe Saussure that language is what constitutes our world (our “more abundant-thoughts”), then any dream might really only be an expression of an individual’s private language. Like reading a paragraph in a foreign language, and trying to recreate the whole structure of the language out of that. . .

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