Psychology 311a
Dreamwork, hypertext, webspace

Doug Davis
Department of Psychology
Haverford College
Sharpless 310
Phone: 896-1236

This seminar is a vehicle for exploring the production and application of personality theories in the century from Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams to the creation of the World Wide Web. We’ll take up a series of topics of interest both to personality psychologists and to cultural theorists, including 

·         The psychodynamics of dream and fantasy

·         The construction of gender identity and sexuality

·         The displacement of trauma in ego development

·        The construction and projection of self in electronic media

Each of us will develop essays and demonstrations to share with the seminar.

1999 Seminar Presentations

The following list of resources will get us started.



Print Resources

Chodorow, N. (1994). Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press.

Freud, S. (1900). The Interpretation of Dreams. New York: Avon.

A copy of Brill's early translation is on Psych Web.

Turkle, S. (1995). Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Anthropology of cyberspace: a review of Life on the Screen by Robert M. Young.

On-line Resources

Baumbach, Jim. E Pluribus Unum. Word.

Bruckman, Amy. (1993). Gender swapping on the Internet. Paper presented at The Internet Society, San Fransisco, CA, August 1993.

Bruckman, Amy. (1996). Finding One's Own in Cyberspace.

Cerf, Vinton. (1996). Vint Cerf on the Web, part 2. Educom Review, 31 (4).

Davis, D.A. (1997). Jung in the Psychoanalytic movement. In P. Young-Eisendrath & T. Dawson (Eds.). Cambridge Companion to Jung. Cambridge University Press.

Dibbell, Julian. (1993). A Rape in Cyberspace. The Village Voice, December 21.

Freud, Anna. (1922). Beating fantasies and daydreams.

Haggard,  H. Rider. (1886). She. Bibliomania.

Holland, Norman N. (n.d.) The Internet Regression.

Holland, Norman N. (1992). The Critical I. New York: Columbia University Press. (On-line version at

Holland, Norman N. (1994). Eliza Meets the Post-Modern.

Hutchens, Jason L. (1996).How to pass the Turing test by cheating.

Jenkins, Henry. (1998). From Home[r] to the Holodeck: New Media and the Humanities.

Rheingold, Howard. (1996). The virtual community.

Pettifor, Eric. (1996). Personality theories and theorists.

Revelle, William. (1995). Personality Processes. Annual Review of Psychology.

Serpentelli, Jill. Conversational Structure and Personality Correlates of Electronic Communication. Haverford College Psychology Thesis.

Sprengnether, Madelon. (1995). Reading Freud's life. American Imago, 52.1 9-54

Turkle, Sherry. (1994). Constructions and Reconstructions of the Self in Virtual Reality. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 1, 3, Summer 1994.

Wahl, Wendy. (1993). Bodies and technologies: Dora, Necromancer, and strategies of resistance. Postmodern Culture, v.3 n.2 (January, 1993).

Young, Robert M. (1995). Psychoanalysis and/of the Internet.

Young, Robert M. (1996). Primitive processes on the Internet.

Young-Eisendrath, Polly (1994). Struggling with Jung: The value of uncertainty. The Round Table Review (March/April 1995)

Young-Eisendrath, Polly. (1995). Myth and body: Pandora'a legacy in a post-modern world.

Sample Class Products (from the first, 1996, seminar “Freud and the Web”)

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