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Naomi Sheindel Seidman
Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA 94709-1212)

Hebrew and Yiddish Languages in the Work of Sigmund Freud's (1856-1939)

Research for a book-length study of the role of the Hebrew and Yiddish languages in the work of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).  

I am writing a book on the Jewish languages in (or "behind") Freud's German, and about the translation of Freud's German into Jewish languages. While most readings of Freud in translation focus on translation as assimilation or loss, the translation of Freud's writings into Hebrew or Yiddish poses the dream of uncovering a "lost original," of which Freud's German is already a translation. Freud provides a key to thinking through the intersection between modern Jewish multilingualism and the translation of his own writings in the translation theory embedded in psychoanalysis and in his numerous multilingual jokes and dreams. I intend to mine the Jewish languages "behind" psychoanalysis or in its translational future to provide material for rethinking what it might mean to "return to Freud" and (re)translate his writings.

Project fields:
Comparative Languages; Jewish Studies

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Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 8/31/2016