Caroline: The Navel of the Dream: Freud, Derrida and Lacan on the Gap where “Something Happens”

Sigler, David. “The Navel of the Dream: Freud, Derrida and Lacan on the Gap where “Something Happens.”  SubStance 39.2 (2010): pp. 17-38. Web. 26 June 2016.

This essay begins by pointing out how Freud’s famous “Irma’s injection” dream is one of the most crucial parts of his book The Interpretation of Dreams. It is considered to be a conventional text that various analysts throughout history have dissected and studied. It is a major one when it comes to any study concerning psychoanalysis. Freud himself refers back to this dream to interpret the unconscious. Jacques Derrida published an essay “Resistances” where he attempted to closely study this dream.

The essay tries to understand how Freud deconstructed this dream and how Derrida in his essay either “crisscrosses or even structures Freud’s work.” Freud believed that every dream has that one spot where it cannot be examined or deciphered and calls this spot “the navel” of the dream.

Derrida questions the navel of the dream. He claims that Freud did not study the “Irma’s injection” dream enough. He asks whether the navel of the dream needs to be studied further so that the dream can be interpreted completely and also if the navel is the end point where the dream can no longer be analysed. Derrida’s main question is then that if the navel is the end point of the interpretation of dreams then is it considered to be psychoanalytic any more.

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