The Dream of the Botanical Monograph
I have written a monograph
on a certain plant. The book is
lying in front of me, I am just was turning to
a coloured plate inserted into it. Each illustration
has a dried specimen of the plant affixed to it, in the manner of a herbarium.
(Freud, 1900, p. 129 [Joyce Crick translation])
- German text
- Synopsis: Freud struggles with writer's block vis a vis
his dream book, receives an encouraging/challenging message from Fliess "seeing"
the book done, interprets the dream as a specimen of dream work, finishes
book. Perhaps Freud's handling of the "Dream of the Botanical Monograph"
as tendentiously leads us into his theory of creativity (and hence of the
future), as the "Irma" dream evokes his theories of the past.
- The dream makes highly condensed (and therefore richly overdetermined)
use of "the language of flowers," as
a means of alluding to ambivalent male-female relations.
- London Freud Museum web pages on this dream: 1,