3 2019

UM Frankel Center Event: Naomi Seidman

4:00PM - 5:30PM  

Thayer Building 202 S. Thayer
Room 2022
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

The Navel of the Dream: Freud and/in Yiddish

This lecture will explore the role of Yiddish in Freud's writings and in their translational afterlife. It will address the question not only about how much Yiddish Freud knew, but also about why this question persists, and what impulses and assumptions underlie it. In this regard, it will lay out the parallels between the psychoanalytic archeology of the stratified psyche and the linguistic structure of the modern Jewish self, recognizing this double structure in the hysteria and Yiddish translation work of Anna O./Bertha Pappenheim.