Twelve Jokes from (if not by) Sigmund Freud

In 1905, Sigmund Freud published his book-length study, Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious. Here are some of the jokes Freud includes as part of his analysis, in the order in which they appear in the book. Source: The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud. Translated and Edited by A. A. Brill, New York: The […]

Literary Theory

Analysis and “Ruining the Fun”

“Secondly, and more seriously, it has been deduced from this belief that you are liable to destroy the poem if its meaning is discovered, that it is important to preserve one’s innocence about the meaning of verses, that one must use sensibility, and as little intelligence as possible.” This is from William Empson’s Seven Types […]