Are your dreams wishes or desires? Hysteria as distraction and character in the work of Siegfried Kracauer (New Formations 61, Summer 2007)

Author: Jan Campbell

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Publication date: August 1, 2007

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Jan Campbell

Campbell explores Kracauer’s concept of distracted experience as simultaneously hysterical dissociation and embodied active dreaming, via his historical account of the social imaginary. Kracauer’s distracted cultural unconscious, suggests Campbell, links psychic experience with historical images and, through his analysis of the social psychology of cultural objects as hieroglyphs, counters the sociologising of the unconscious in the writing of Erich Fromm.