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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226206059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.001.0001

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“I Can Dream, Can’t I?”

“I Can Dream, Can’t I?”

(p.58) 4 “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”
Thoughts and Things

Leo Bersani

University of Chicago Press

A dream about professional failures, in situations where the dreamer, in waking life, has always succeeded leads to a questioning of the psychoanalytic notion of a divided self. This chapter develops a view of the unitary self, one in which the unconscious is actually a certain syntax (a syntax in which incongruity plays a major role) of conscious mental life. The unconscious is our virtual being; the present is our recategorized past.

Keywords:   dreams, the unconscious, psychic time, incongruity, recategorization, virtuality, Sigmund Freud, G. W. F. Hegel

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