Sharon Kivland; Freud on Holiday Volume I: Freud Dreams of Rome, 2006
Freud Dreams of Rome is the first volume in Sharon Kivland’s trilogy, Freud on Holiday; a series of experimental travel writings in which she re-imagines journeys made (and sometimes dreamt) by Sigmund Freud to European sites of archaeological importance.
Once a year Freud would go on holiday with his brother, Alexander. Using Freud’s published works and archives, Kivland has diligently established the routes and itineraries of three such holidays, and pieced together all the other historical traces of Freud’s thoughts and reactions during and surrounding each of those holidays and the experiences they involved. Each book in her series documents Kivland’s experiences as she re-takes one of the same holidays, in the twenty-first century, with her sister. Through writings, photographs, drawings, postcards and other fragments Kivland assembles books that work between traditional genres to produce a new kind of para-scholarly performance. Volume I contains an essay and a set of photographs – image plates that are introduced as ‘Freud’s holiday photographs’ and tipped-in the book after printing. Through these two dynamics, the book documents the sisters’ adventures as they follow Freud and his brother to Rome, a place Freud had dreamt about four times before visiting.