Imaginary Exercise Two:
Close Reading / Research / Closer Reading.
Here’s another imaginary exercise, this one based on the
Aphasia section of the Page on Freud’s prepsychoanalytic career.
1. Read and re-read the page carefully.
2. Find and read Freud’s monograph On
Aphasia, and any secondary sources you might find helpful.
3. Use this reading/research to formulate an answer to
the question – „How does Freud’s work in aphasia help to bring together
psychoanalysis and semiotics“?
4. Do research into Roman Jakobson’s work on aphasia,
and read at least the two famous articles he has written on aphasia.
5. Answer the question in # 3 above again, this time synthesizing
Freud’s work with Jakobson’s.
Now that we’ve begun to read psychoanalysis, we can see
why something’s being imaginary does not make it any less real. You can
make these imaginary exercises real by doing them. You can make this Imaginary
Exercise real by doing it as your final examination question for the course.
Here are a few links to get you started on Exercise Two.