Imaginary Exercise Three

Earl
Jackson, Jr.


Semiotics
and Psychoanalysis


Winter 2002

talkingcure2000@aol.com


Imaginary Exercise Three: Dream
Interpretation

Below is a description
of a dream and a profile of the individual who dreamt it. Some of the details
in the profile are relevant to the dream, others may or may not be. Please
read both carefully, and then interpret the dream using the method Freud
demonstrates in his interpretation of the dream of Irma’s injection.

Profile of the Dreamer.

Adult male graduate
student in a northern clime. Although a precocious and committed sexual
invert, at the time of the dream he was in a primary relationship with
a woman
sinologist
. She herself had been mostly in lesbian relationships before
meeting the subject, and had left a five-year relationship at the time
of this new
relationship’s
beginning. Both subjects were 6′ tall, and wore the
same size slacks. She introduced the male subject to Marthé Girboux
jeans. At the
time of the dream
the woman was in China,
researching seventeenth-century pornographic
popular fiction
. The male was writing his dissertation. Every morning
he woke at 5 am, and listened to Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas for cello
while writing. His favorite filmmakers include Liliana
Cavani
Kenneth
Anger
, Jack
Smith
, Abigail
Childs
, Joseph
H. Lewis
,


 

 


The Dream
The
dreamer himself was not visible in the dream but his presence permeated
it. He thought he was watching a television drama that was hosted by himself
but he had tuned in too late to see him introducing it. The drama starred
Dirk
Bogarde
and took place on the top deck of an open-air submarine. It
turned out that the white coat that Dirk
Bogarde
was wearing was not the captain’s uniform, but a medical jacket.
He was demonstrating tricks with a yo-yo, but it was not clear who – if
anyone – was his audience. At first it seemed like he was going to do the
„walk-the-dog“ trick, but instead
he cut the string off the yoyo, once the yoyo was standing upright on deck.
He then spun the yoyo within his bare hand. A close up of the hand appeared
and then was struck. The yoyo kept spinning by itself which fascinating
Dirk
Bogarde,
who then took the bright shiny observation object [round]
from the top of his forehead and put it in his eye like a monocle. He got
down on his hands and knees to examine the yoyo closely as it continue
to revolve. A male voiceover that sounded like Dirk
Bogarde
himself sneeringly said, „You’ve been here a year and already
your accent, YOUR ACCENT, is slipping.“ He attempted to close the scene
through a fish-eye lens but he didn’t have the
authority
to do so. There was a
white out

Sample Interpretation
of this Dream

See Also:

A synopsis of  Freud’s Interpretation
of Dreams
by CLICKING
THIS
.

An excerpt from The
Interpretation of Dreams
by Artemidorus
.

Aristotle
on Dreams
.

Dreams
from the Detective
Fictions
Course

And Remember:

Imaginary
Exercise One
.


 


Guide One-A Guide Two Guide Three Guide Four Guide Five Guide Six
Guide 

One-B
Online Resources
for Semiotics
Online Resources
for Writing Systems
The Midquarter The Syllabus Model
Student Work
Guide Seven Guide Eight
On Fabula and
Sjuzhet
.
Imaginary
Exercise One
Imaginary
Exercise Two

Earl
Jackson, Jr.


Semiotics
and Psychoanalysis


Winter 2002

talkingcure2000@aol.com

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