Brief Description of Course: This course explores the rich and complex relationship between psychoanalysis and literature. We will read some of the foundational texts (Freud, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, Lacan) and explore its major concepts. We’ll consider the case history as narrative, hysteria and the invention of the “talking cure,” dream work, metaphor and metonymy, the unconscious, transference, and recent writings on affect, trauma, and melancholy. Readings will include literary works (poems, novels, graphic novel) and films that engage, critique, and inform psychoanalysis.
Required Reading: Selected writings by Sigmund Freud, Jean Laplanche, Jacques Lacan, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, D. W. Winnicott, Julia Kristeva and others. Literary works and film will include Toni Morrison, Beloved; Pat Barker, The Ghost Road; Wilhelm Jensen’s “Gradiva”; E.T.A Hoffman, “The Sandman”; Jane Campion, The Piano; David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method.
First Three Authors/Texts: Wilhelm Jensen’s “Gradiva,” Freud, Interpretation of Dreams, Freud, Studies in Hysteria (selections).
Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion.
Method of Evaluation: Participation (10%), tests and short writing assignments (30%), first essay (25%), second essay (35%).