A 1934 letter from Freud to Arnold Zweig announcing his new literary project.
Exposition of the historical context and principal claims concerning the allegedly disguised character of Moses and Monotheism
I. Criminal Precedents
Revelations of Freud resorting to, and justifying, the use of literary dissimulation in his early career, especially in relation to his encounters with anti-Semitism and his Jewish heritage.
II. The Egyptian Dreambook
Freud’s use of dissembling techniques in his first major literary work, The Interpretation of Dreams, establishing methods, motives, and themes that would be repeated in Moses.
III. Something Liberating
Examines Freud’s relation to the imago of Moses, focusing on his interpretation of Michelangelo’s statue during his rupture with Jung and the resurgent identification with the Mosaic imago in the 1930’s.
IV. The Hysterical Novel
Traces emergence of Freud’s idea to write an historical novel about Moses, exploring ideas related to the paralyzing neurotic condition known as hysteria. We show Freud preparing a “hysterical novel.”
V. Who Should ’Scape Whipping?
Analyzes a 1935 letter form Freud to Thomas Mann, using the exoteric technique, containing references to Hamlet and Totem and Taboo, implicitly warning the German novelist not to collaborate with the Nazis, conveying confidence that he would not.
VI. The Nobel Goy
Focuses on Mann’s “exoteric” tribute to Freud on his festive 80th birthday celebration, in which we show the Nobel-winning novelist implicitly identifying Freud with the Biblical figure of Joseph.
VII. Double Exposure
In-depth analysis of the first chapter of Moses, in which Freud examines competing exposure myths of the Biblical leader. We reveal the various “slips,” clues of exoteric significance.
VIII. Sigmund and his Brothers
Tracing the deep self-identification of Freud with the Biblical Joseph, ambitious dreamer and interpreter of dreams, showing how the father of psychoanalyst “lived the life” of the mythic imago and used exoteric techniques to communicate this secret lifelong relationship.
IX. The Brazen Image
In-depth analysis of the second chapter of Moses, in which Freud presents his controversial theories of the Biblical leader. We reveal the various “slips,” clues of exoteric significance, in this chapter.
X. Monsieur Joyeuse
Examines a “gem” of a letter from Freud to Mann, in which he relates to the novelist’s speech on his 80th birthday, confirming the novelist’s recognition of the deep significance of the Joseph imago in his life.
Focuses on two prefaces Freud wrote to the second part of Moses, the first written in Vienna and the second after his escape to England. Examination of these notes reveals the motives and methods of the author.