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Wood, Sarah (2008) Dream-hole. Journal of European Studies, 38 (4). pp. 373-382. ISSN 0047-2441. E-ISSN 1740-2379. (doi:10.1177/0047244108097530) (KAR id:52899)


I draw on Derrida's limitless extension of the concept of writing to read Freud on dreams, and to explore relations between words, phenomenal or sensory experience, and life itself. I agree with Wordsworth, Freud, Derrida and Cixous that words are also things and argue that what linguistics recognizes as the sign can be marked, as a sculpted piece of stone might be, by the shaping violence of a force other than language. That opening remains traceable in the text. Dream writing names a lived experience of force: magical in its power, unlocatable in psychic terms, moving between languages, dependent on belief.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0047244108097530
Uncontrolled keywords: belief, Jacques Derrida, experience, Sigmund Freud, regression
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Sarah Wood
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 06:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:22 UTC
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Wood, Sarah.

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