Drawing the Dream of the Wolves

Drawing the Dream of the Wolves : Homosexuality, Interpretation, and Freud's "Wolf Man"

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Whitney Davis argues that an unstudied dimension of FreudOs writingNits visual or graphic dimensionNis crucial to understanding its structure and significance. Drawing the Dream of the Wolves offers a new and challenging reading of FreudOs case study of Serge Pankejeff, the oWolf Man,O on whom Freud conducted a complex psychoanalysis from 1910 to 1914. Much of the analysis revolved around the patientOs childhood dream of wolves and a drawing of this dream made for Freud by PankejeffNand amateur artistsNin the first weeks of the analysis. Davis explores the role of the drawing of the dream in FreudOs interpretation of the patientOs olatent homosexuality,O showing that Freud based his decipherment of the drawingNand, in turn, of the patientOs sexual identityN in part on his own established practices of making and using images to represent the history of persons and their sexuality. During the analysis, Freud interpreted the Wolf ManOs childhood phobiaNand intense fear of wolvesNand his adult neuroses as having been the result of the little boyOs olatent homosexuality.O In fact, both Freud and the Wolf Man apparently used the analysis to reorganize and, as they thought, oovercomeO their latent homosexualities. In addition to investigating this dynamic in the case and the case history, Davis sets it in the wider context of FreudOs evolving theoretical sexology and clinical work, his creation of psychoanalytic institutions, and especially his distinctive imagination of homosexual subjectivity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 156.7 x 235.7 x 19.6mm | 517.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0253209889
  • 9780253209887
  • 1,719,811

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In a challenging new reading of Freud's case study of Serge Pankejeff, the ""Wolf Man,"" Whitney Davis argues that the visual dimension of Freud's writing is crucial to an understanding of its structure and significance. Much of Freud's analysis revolved around Pankejeff's childhood dream of wolves and a drawing of this dream he made for Freud. Davis explores the drawing of the dream in Freud's interpretation of Pankejeff's ""latent homosexuality,"" showing Freud's practice of making and using images to represent the history of persons and their sexuality. Davis also sets this case study in the wider context of Freud's evolving theoretical sexology and clinical work, his creation of psychoanalytic institutions, and his distinctive imagination of homosexual subjectivity.show more

About Whitney Davis

WHITNEY DAVIS, Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, is the author of Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art; Masking the Blow: The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art; and Replications: Archaeology, Art History, Psychoanalysis. He is the editor of Gay and Lesbian Studies in Art History.show more

Table of contents

Preface List of Illustrations Introduction 1. Freud and the Wolf Man 2. The Wolf Dream 3. The Drawing of the Dream of the Wolves 4. Pictures for Repression 5. The Homosexual Roots of Repression 6. Family Trees 7. Intersubjective Transformation Appendix: Ruth mack BrunswickOs Draft for a Clinical study of the Wolf Man Notes References Cited Indexshow more

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