Overinterpretation [Überdeutung]

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In his Interpretation of Dreams (1900) Freud argued that because dream-thoughts were over-determined dreams might need to be interpreted several times in order to be understood. Each act of interpretation might produce a reading which was only partially consistent with other interpretations, since the dream-thoughts were themselves the products of condensation, displacement and over-determination. Freud.s theory of dream interpretation thus comes close to the fact of literary interpretation where it seems culturally and …

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Editors. "Overinterpretation [Überdeutung]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2005
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