English 250

Research Seminars: Freud and His Followers

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2021 Saha, Poulomi
Thurs. 3:30-6:30 Social Sciences 170

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This course looks at the development of psychoanalysis as a therapeutic practice and critical methodology in the humanities. We will take up some of its foundational questions -- What is a body? What is the social? What do women want? What is the self? What is history? -- through an examination of Freud's key writings and concepts and those of his commentators. More than intellectual geneology, this course will trace the antecendents and future possibilities of psychoanalytic thinking in feminist, queer, trans, and critical race theories. 

Readings may include: Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Civilization and Its Discontents, Papers on Technique, “The Uncanny,” and “Negation”;  by his interlocutors, Lacan, Ferenczi, Klein, and Abraham; critical work by Fanon, Butler, Sedgwick, Salamon, Gherovici, Marriott, and Spillers.


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