the archeology of

Dear Jessica:

The earliest comparison between psychoanalysis and archeology I can find in Freud is from „The Etiology of Hysteria“ (1896), in SE Vol. 3. There are references in The Interpretation of Dreams too. When he was a child, Schliemann discovered the Minoan cities buried under Crete, which were essentially the discovery of Mycennean civilization, and Troy. This impressed Freud profoundly, and he treasured Schliemann’s autobiography, Ilios. And recall the allusion in The Interpretation of Dreams to the rebus andthe other uses of heiroglyphs besides pictorial representation.

Of course, a „must read“ is Freud’s reading of Wilhelm Jensen’s story, „Gradiva.“ It’s in Volume 9 of the Standard Edition. „Dreams and Delusions in Jensen’s Gradiva.“
I think there’s an English translation of the story appended to the English edition of the SE, but if not it’s sure to be in the library.

Here are some bibliographical sources I’ve found too.

Jean Bellemin-Noel. Gradiva au pied de la lettre. (Paris: Presse Universitaires 1982)

Gary Burnett. H.D. Between Image and Epic: The Mysteries of Her

Donald Kuspit, „A Mighty Metaphor: The Analogy of Archaelogy and Psychoanalysis.“ Sigmund Freud and Art . Lynn Gamwell and Richard Wells, eds. (New York: NYU Press, 1989).

Eileen Gregory,. H.D. and Hellenism: Classic Lines Cambridge: Cambridge UP 1997.

Cassandra Laity. H.D. and the Decadent Fin de Siecle: Gender,
Modernism, Decadence
Cambridge UP, 1996.



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