Joan Miro, The Birth of the World

Dreams: an introduction to the perpetual writing of the unconscious

In this seminar we invite you to consider dream theory as the navel of psychoanalytic work. As Freud remarks, dream elements are “ungenuine things, substitutes for something else that is unknown to the dreamer, substitutes for something the knowledge of which is present in the dreamer but which is inaccessible to him.” (Freud, Introductory Lectures, Pg 113). Dreams could be thought of as little satchels of material produced for the analyst. They are marvelous snippets of utterly unconscious material that can fuel analytic work in a way very little else can.  Dreams embody the perpetual writing of the unconscious on the drives of the body, the Real of language, and the transformation of symptoms.  Readings will introduce you to the central importance of work with dreams in the Lacanian clinic. We will begin by reading Freud’s theory of dreams and their interpretation and follow with Lacan's linguistic elaborations. Seminar participants will be encouraged to elaborate their understandings of condensation, displacement, repetition, and transference through creative writing exercises in between and during each seminar meeting. The seminar aims to increase your confidence in working with dreams and their relation to desire and drive.  

We ask seminar participants to read the following texts before our first meeting.  Additional readings will be added for future meetings.  Please sign up no later than December 15th so that we can assign a reading and short writing assignment prior to our first meeting. 



The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XV (1915-1916): Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (Part II).

Revision of the Theory of Dreams

Freud, S. (1933). New Introductory Lectures On Psycho-Analysis. The  Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud,  Volume XXII (1932-1936): New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis and Other Works, Lecture XXIX Revision of the Theory of Dreams (pages 6-29). 

Faculty: Diana Cuello, PhD, Candidate Analyst, and Annie Rogers, PhD, Analyst of the School

Meeting Dates/ Time:  Monthly, January to April, 4th Fridays, 9-11am Pacific Standard time

Where: On Zoom, by invitation

Contact:  Annie Rogers at anniegrogers@gmail.com

Fees:  $250.00 or School Tuition

Annie Rogers, Ph.D. Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., is Analyst, Faculty and Supervising Analyst of the Lacanian School of San Francisco. She is also Associate Member of the Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland and Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dr. Rogers has a psychoanalytic practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University; a Whiting Fellowship at Hampshire College; and an Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs; she is the author of A Shining Affliction (Penguin Viking, 1995) and The Unsayable (Random House, 2006), in addition to numerous scholarly articles, short fiction, and poetry. Her most recent book is Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (Karnac Books in 2016).

Diana C. Cuello, PhD is a candidate analyst, member of the Lacan school of psychoanalysis since 2018. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in 2011. Her interests include aesthetics and performance art, particularly with relation to dreams and their use in analytic clinical work. Diana is currently investigating the value of encountering castration provided exclusively by the limitations of the virtual medium. She is in private practice, aiming to provide a psychoanalytic experience over phone and video.