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Rachel Bowlby

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566228.001.0001

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The Other Day: The Interpretation of Daydreams

The Other Day: The Interpretation of Daydreams

(p.101) 4 The Other Day: The Interpretation of Daydreams
Freudian Mythologies


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Dreams have a dramatic role to play in Freudian theory, as the dark bearers of an unconscious that is often perceived as intractable and unchanging; the memories and unfulfilled desires of childhood remain fixed forever and re-emerge tentatively at night. Daydreams, on the other hand, offer a lighter view of fantasies in perpetual motion that are short-term by definition, bearing what Freud calls a Zeitmarke or ‘date-stamp’ that precisely limits and specifies their provenance. This chapter argues that these two postulations about fantasy — that it is immutable, that it is always changing — vie with one another throughout Freud's oeuvre. The second, much less regarded, offers a much more open and modern theory of human subjective life than the first. This is elaborated in part through a reading of Freud's misrememberings of an episode from a novel by the late 19th-century French realist, Alphonse Daudet.

Keywords:   Freud, dreams, daydreams, The Interpretation of Dreams, Zeitmarke, Alphonse Daudet

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