DOC

English 987a, Psychoanalysis and Literature

By Lucille Lewis,2014-08-21 00:18
9 views 0
English 987a, Psychoanalysis and Literature

Pericles Lewis

    Revised Syllabus

    September 7, 2006

    Psychoanalysis and Literature:

    An inquiry into Freud’s use of literature and literature’s use of Freud

Class meeting time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:20, LC 319

    Office hours: 451 College, room 213, Tuesdays, 2:00-3:40 by appointment

    Please contact Angelika Schriever at 432-2760 to make appointments for office hours.

    Readings

    Unit 1: The Interpretation of Dreams September 7

    Syllabus

    Freud, Letter to Fliess of October 15, 1897

September 14

    Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, chapters I to IV Suggested reading:

    Alexander Welsh, Freud’s Wishful Dream Book

September 21

    Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, chapter V

    Sophocles, Oedipus the King, trans. Roche or Grene Aristotle, Poetics

September 28

    Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, chapters VI-VII Further discussion of Sophocles Suggested reading:

    Carl Schorske, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Unit 2: Freud’s Use of Literature

    October 5

    Shakespeare, Hamlet

    Suggested reading:

    Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, part I, “Parapraxes”

October 12

    Freud, “The Theme of the Three Caskets,” “Creative Writers and Day-dreaming” Suggested reading:

    Shakespeare, King Lear

    Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

October 19

    No class meeting.

    Suggested reading:

    Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, part II, “Dreams” Paul Ricoeur, Freud and Philosophy Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence

October 26

    Freud, “The Uncanny”

    E. T. A. Hoffmann, Tales of Hoffmann, especially “The Sandman” Suggested reading:

    Freud, The Freud Reader, Part Four, “Psychoanalysis and Culture” Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, part III, “General Theory of the Neuroses”

Unit 3: Literature’s Use of Freud

    November 2

    Henry James, The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers

    Suggested reading:

    Freud, excerpt from Beyond the Pleasure Principle

    Edmund Wilson, “The Ambiguity of Henry James”

    Shoshana Felman, “Turning the Screw of Interpretation” Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot

November 9

    Franz Kafka, “The Judgment” and various other stories Freud, Moses and Monotheism Suggested reading:

    Freud, excerpt from Totem and Taboo

November 16

    Franz Kafka, various stories Suggested reading:

    Freud, “The Future of an Illusion”

November 30

    Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

    Freud, Civilization and its Discontents

December 7

    Frederick Crews, ed., Unauthorized Freud Presentations on suggested reading

    Suggested reading:

    Freud, “An Autobiographical Study”

    Philip Rieff, The Triumph of the Therapeutic

December 14

    Make-up session for remaining presentations on suggested reading

    Course requirements

Each student will give at least one oral report, of no more than ten minutes, on a suggested or

    required reading assignment. The oral report should be given from notes, not read. Each

    student will write two papers, of about ten pages each. Students should write papers in two of the following three categories: an analysis of a particular work by Freud; a reading of a literary work in relation to Freud’s thought; or a commentary on a suggested secondary reading. (One of these papers may be an expansion of an oral presentation). The first paper should be submitted no later than Friday, October 20. The second is due Friday, December 15.

Consult the MLA Handbook or The Chicago Manual of Style for guidelines about documentation.

    Your essays should be printed in 12-point font, with margins of one inch. You should document all your sources for any ideas or information if you are unsure whether they originated with you. (This includes any information you find on the web; it is normally unnecessary, however, to footnote class discussion or widely known biographical or historical facts). Graduate School regulations require that I report all cases of plagiarism to the Executive Committee. You can find further information in a pamphlet entitled “Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgment.” See

    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~sources/.

    Participation will be taken into consideration in assigning a final grade; you may participate in class and by contributing to the on-line discussion forum (accessible from classesv2.yale.edu). Each student is expected to make at least three contributions to the on-line forum over the course of the semester, and all students are expected to read the on-line forum weekly.

Students are expected to have read the three Shakespeare plays (Hamlet, King Lear, and The

    Merchant of Venice) before class begins. King Lear and The Merchant of Venice will form a

    fairly minor part of the discussion, so it may not be necessary to re-read these two plays if you have read them fairly recently. Those with little background in psychoanalysis are advised to read Freud’s Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis over the summer. Students with

    knowledge of Greek or German are encouraged to read the literary works in the original language.

Required texts available at Labyrinth Books

    Aristotle, Poetics*

    Sigmund Freud, The Freud Reader, ed. Peter Gay

    ---, The Interpretation of Dreams

    ---, Moses and Monotheism

    E. T. A. Hoffmann, Tales of Hoffmann (Penguin)

    Henry James, The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers (Penguin)*

    Franz Kafka, Complete Stories

    William Shakespeare, Hamlet, ed. Edwards (New Cambridge Shakespeare)*

    Sophocles, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles, trans. Roche (Penguin)*

    Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

    *other editions will suffice; in place of the Roche translation, you may prefer to buy David Grene, trans., Sophocles I: Three Tragedies on-line or to read it in the library; it is out of print.

    Required text not available at Labyrinth Frederick Crews, ed., Unauthorized Freud out of print; buy on-line

Suggested texts available at Labyrinth Books (these and others are also on Reserve at CCL)

    Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence

    Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot

    Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents*

    ---, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis Peter Gay, Freud: A Life for Our Time

    Philip Rieff, The Triumph of the Therapeutic

    Paul Ricoeur, Freud and Philosophy

    Carl Schorske, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

    William Shakespeare, King Lear, ed. Halio (New Cambridge Shakespeare)* ---, The Merchant of Venice, ed. Mahood (New Cambridge Shakespeare)*

    Suggested text not available at Labyrinth Alexander Welsh, Freud’s Wishful Dream Book out of print; buy on-line

    *other editions of King Lear and The Merchant of Venice will suffice. Much of Civilization and its Discontents is printed in The Freud Reader, so the separate edition of the book is merely

    suggested.

Report this document

For any questions or suggestions please email
cust-service@docsford.com