"Not in Germinal but in La Terre, an error I only noticed after the analysis"


   Émile Zola's La Terre (1887) chronicles the decline of a farming family, depicting the squalor and poverty of rural life in 19th-century France (including, as Freud suggests, recreational farting competitions).  Freud's determination to preserve his errors of thinking in his dream accounts indicate the importance of so-called 'slips' for his psychological theory.


Online edition of Émile Zola's 'La Terre', as translated by Henry Vizetelly, (1888)