From the dreams of a generation to the theory of dreams: Freud’s Roman dreams


  • David Meghnagi

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    • Full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and full member of the Italian Psychoanalytical Association and tutor of the Italian Institute of Psychoanalysts (IIPG). He lectures in clinical psychology at Rome Tre University, where he is responsible for the International Master’s degree in the Shoah Didactics. He is a member of the Italian delegation with the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Remembrance. He has recently started a collection of music composed in exile during the Nazi-Fascist persecution period. He has researched into socialization processes, multilingualism, prejudice, anti-Semitism and into the ways of working through grief.


In The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud’s interpretation of oedipal desires does not occur at the expense of historical and personal desires, which are always there as a backdrop. In the relentless examination of his own dreams that Freud makes in order to show the mechanisms inherent in all oneiric deformation, we are also led to another, specifically historical, aspect of the issue of Jewish emancipation, which he experiences at first hand. By analysing his own dreams, Freud not only shows us the mechanisms governing dream formation, but also develops a pointed critique of his contemporary society and its prejudices.