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 Modern Library, 1995 (orig. 1938). Except where noted, I have tinkered with Brill’s versions of the jokes without affecting Freud’s (or Henny Youngman’s) accompanying propositions, the subject of a forthcoming post.

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Earliest Tweets

Since I’ve removed the “Of Tweets” menu tab, I’ve included below some of my earliest tweets and their sources. Unlike some of the later ones, I didn’t comment on these quotations, but they’re still provocative, so here they are, along with citations. (Originally posted in 2011)

  • “The frame is that perceptual limit or boundary which divides what is represented from what is not represented, with respect to (from) an origin.” Branigan.

My tweet was silently edited and missing its final period. Very sorry for that, won’t happen again. Above is the correct version, from Edward Branigan, Point of View in the Cinema: A Theory of Narration and Subjectivity in Classical Film. New York: Mouton, 1984. 157.

  • “The difficulty of distinguishing conscious from unconscious is at its most obscure when the issue is one of language.” Derrida.

From Jacques Derrida, “The Supplement of Copula: Philosophy before Linguistics” (180). Margins of Philosophy. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1982. 175-205. originally published in Langages, 24 Dec. 1971.

  • “Before the invention of silent reading, writing aimed at the production of a voice, not at a representation of it.” Jesper Svenbro.

This is from Svenbro’s chapter, “Archaic and Classical Greece: The Invention of Silent Reading,” in the volume, A History of Reading in the West, edited by Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartrier. Trans. Lydia G. Cochrane. Amherst: U Massachusetts P, 1999. 37-63.