Web Wednesday (Nov 2)
Sunday November 06th 2011, 8:48 pm
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“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, and which it creates if they are not already present,can be established more easily than before between the new form of expression and the remainder of the material underlying the dream. This is so because in every language concrete terms, in consequence of the history of their development, are richer in associations than conceptual ones. We may suppose that a good part of the intermediate work done during the formation of a dream, which seeks to reduce the dispersed dream-thoughts to the most succinct and unified expression possible, proceeds along the line of finding appropriate verbal transformations for the individual thoughts.”
 
Given this quote, I think the first task needed to interpret literature as if it were a dream would be to analyze the connotations and denotations in order to find not only every possible meaning of the words, but also the meaning that was intended for the words. In this quote, Freud states that “language concrete terms, in consequence of the history of their development, are richer in associations than conceptual ones”. In means of interpreting literature, this would require just what was stated. Finding not only the concrete definition of the word, but also the full historical connotations of the given words.
The next task needed would be to asses the syntax and paradigm of the text. Freud really focuses on the role of the order of the dream-thoughts in analyzing dreams. This can be similar in analyzing literature. Why do things happen one after the other as they do? Or are they actually happening in a different order, and we’re just perceiving it in a different way. Also, we would need to look at paradigm, which would be somewhat a form of displacement. Why is one word as opposed to every other word possible used to describe something?

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