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Frye Lecture:  “The Culture of Dreams in Europe around 1900”

Jane Brown (Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor of Western Civilization Emerita, University of Washington)

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:30pm
Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 - Google Map

Please join us for an evening bringing together the communities of artists, scholars, and art lovers for an engaging lecture and discussion open to all curious minds and dreaming spirits.

Freud's Interpretation of Dreams sought to establish dream interpretation as a valid science for revealing the human unconscious. This talk describes some alternative uses of dreaming in Freud's day even among therapists close to Freud as gateways to religious truth, to the spirit world, to the laws of history. Among examples to be considered are C.G. Jung's Red Book, Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden's dream novels, W.B. Yeats's A Vision, and Oswald Spengler's Decline of the West.

Jane Brown is Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization Emerita and former president of the Goethe Society of North America. She has written several books on Goethe's Faust and other aspects of his work, on the history of drama, and has recently completed a book on Goethe and psychoanalysis.

Please email the Department of Germanics at or call at 206-543-4580 to reserve tickets by February 6.