Freudian Slip-Up

The start of classes today went well. The only thing that did not go smoothly is that the bookstore ordered copies of a book by Freud as the textbook for my course on the Bible, rather than the one I asked them to.

Is there an award for what is perhaps the most literal “Freudian slip” in the history of the term? Unless of course one counts this cartoon:



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  • arcseconds

    Was it actually Civilization and its Discontents? Not Moses and Monotheism or Totem and Taboo?

    • James F. McGrath

      Yes, it was Civilization and its Discontents. It was, I think, a mix up with a different course.

      • arcseconds

        So, not some kind of pointed but indirect comment on how they think a course on the Bible should go? :]

        • James F. McGrath

          If it was, it was probably only subconsciously. 😉

  • arcseconds

    … and why is the Amazon review saying Civilization and its Discontents is Freud’s most well-known work? Surely it’s The Interpretation of Dreams.

  • steph

    They slipped like a banana on your request but I first read both a lot of Freud and a lot of Jung for my undergraduate degree and not just for my psychology papers – some of it was required reading for courses in the religion department. New Zealand’s Victoria university’s Religious Studies Department states that it doesn’t study theology and that it applies multi disciplinary approaches and encourages students to choose interdisciplinary studies. I hope they don’t ask you to return them. They should be useful.

    • James F. McGrath

      It is actually one of the required texts for another course I teach, a first-year seminar called “Faith, Doubt, and Reason.”