Fall 2012

PSP 789: "Race, Brain, and Psychoanalysis"
W 1:00-4:00 PM

Content: The course will examine how neurology (brain science) was central in shaping psychoanalysis and psychiatry in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how it impacted its critical relationship to biological models of race.  The first half of the course will read Freud on race and mind; the second half will examine the impact of psychoanalytic theories and models of race in response to Nazi Germany (Reich and Adorno), South Africa (Sachs), France (Fanon), and the United States from Brown v. Board of Education to the 1990s.

William Cross, Shades of Black: Diversity in African American Identity (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991)
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (New York: Grove Press, 1967)
Sigmund Freud/ Wilhelm Fliess, The Complete Letters of  Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess: 1887-1904, ed. J.M. Masson (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986)
Sander L. Gilman, Freud, Race, and Gender (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)
Joel Kovel, White Racism: A Psychohistory (Columbia University Press, 1984, paper)
Wulf Sachs, Black Hamlet (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, paper)
Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, The Anatomy of Prejudices (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996)

[Cross-listed with ILA 790 and MBC 700]

PSP 789: "Body History: Posture, Health, and Disability"
Tu 2:15-5:15 PM

Content: This is a two-semester research seminar for graduate students. The intent is to read critical texts on the history posture and the body from the history of medicine to critical disability studies during the first term and prepare a topic for a special issue of a journal of this topic the second term. The second term is for the preparation of the essays.

PSP 789: "Seduction Theories: Freud/Laplanche"
M 4:15-7:15 PM

Content: This course will focus on Laplanche’s reevaluation and extension of Freud’s “seduction theory,” an extension that allows him to propose an original interpretation of the Freudian corpus. For Laplanche, “seduction” refers indeed to a fundamental situation (the adult-child relationship) marked by the transmission of  “compromised messages” (“enigmatic signifiers”) from adult to child.  As we shall see, Laplanche’s theory affirms the primacy of the other against a certain theoretical self-centering, and proposes new understandings of key notions such as: 1) the unconscious and its genesis 2) repression (reformulated as a complex process of “translation”) 3) drive theory 4) time (for instance, the temporality of “Nachträglichkeit” or “afterwardsness” in Laplanche’s reformulation) 5) autoerotism and narcissism, 6) gender.

Special attention will be paid to the issue of abuse, and to the questions raised by texts such as Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, and Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood (including its modern reinterpretation by writers such as Cornelia Hoogland and artists such as Kiki Smith.)

Laplanche and Pontalis: "Fantasy and the origins of Sexuality"
The Language of Psychoanalysis [selections]
Life and Death in Psychoanalysis 
New Foundations for Psychoanalysis 
The Unconscious and the Id 
Essays on Otherness
Freud and the Sexual
Jean Laplanche: Seduction, Translation, and the Drives (John Fletcher and Martin Stanton eds.) [selections]
Ferenczi: "The Confusion of Tongues Between Adults and Children"
Cornelia Hoogland: Woods Wolf Girl
Marguerite Duras: The Lover
Perrault: "Little Red Riding Hood"

[Cross-listed with: FREN 780-001]

PSP 789: "The Writings of Sigmund Freud"
Tu 10:15–11:45 AM

Content: An in-depth immersion in the writings of Sigmund Freud, 1895–1937.  The development of Freud’s clinical, technical, and theoretical ideas will be elucidated through close readings of many of his major texts as well as of some of his lesser known essays.  

This is the first part of a yearlong seminar. The second part will be offered next semester. Students can choose to attend either the yearlong seminar or only half of it. Each semester will count for 2 credit hours. Students will only be admitted with the permission of the instructor. Students should contact Dr. Paul to secure his permission.

Texts [for both semesters]:

All texts (from the Standard Edition) are available via PEP archive.
Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud: Studies on Hysteria (1893-1895)
Sigmund Freud: 
"The Neuro-psychoses of Defense" (1894)
"Further Remarks on the Neuro-psychoses of Defense" (1896)  
"The Aetiology of Hysteria" (1896)  
"Screen Memories" (1899) 
Project for a Scientific Psychology (1895)
The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905)  
"On the Sexual Theories of Children" (1908) 
"Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria" (1905)
"Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy" (1909)
"Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis" (1909) 
"Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood" (1910)
"ASpecial Type of Object Choice Made by Men" (1910) 
"On the Universal Tendency to Debasement" (1912)
"Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia" (1911)
"A Case of Paranoia Running Counter to the Psycho-Analytic Theory" (1915)
Papers on Technique ("The Handling of Dream-Interpretation in Psycho-Analysis" [1911]; "The Dynamics of Transference" [1912]; "Recommendations to Physicians Practicing Psycho-Analysis" [1912]; "On Beginning the Treatment" [1913]; "Remembering, Repeating and Working Through" [1914]; "Observations on Transference-Love" (1915 [1914])
"On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement" (1914)
"On Narcissism: An Introduction" (1914)
Papers on Metapsychology ("Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning" (1911); "Instincts and Their Vicissitudes" (1915); "Repression" (1915); "The Unconscious" (1915).) 
"Mourning and Melancholia" (1917 [1915])  
"Thoughts for the Times on War and Death" (1915)
"On Transience" (1916 [1915])
"Some Character-types to be Met with in Psycho-Analytic Work" (1916) 
"Character and Anal Erotism" (1908)  
"On Transformations of Instinct as Exemplified in Anal Erotism" (1917) 
"The Disposition to Obsessional Neurosis" (1913)
"Libidinal Types" (1931)  
"From the History of an Infantile Neurosis" (1918 [1914]) 
"A Child is Being Beaten" (1919)  
"The Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman" (1920)  
"Some Neurotic Mechanisms in Jealousy, Paranoia, and Homosexuality" (1924)
"Fetishism" (1927) 
Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) 
"The Economic Problem of Masochism" (1924) 
"Why War?" [Letter from Freud to Einstein] (1933 [1932]) 
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921).  
The Ego and the Id (1923).  
Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety (1926 [1925])  
"The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex" (1924) 
"Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes" (1925) 
"Female Sexuality" (1931)  
"Femininity" (1933)
"Negation" (1925) 
"Humour" (1927)  
"Dostoevsky and Parricide" (1927)  
"A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis" (1936)  
"Splitting of the Ego in the Process of Defense" (1940 [1938]) 
Totem and Taboo, Chapter IV, The Return of Totemism in Childhood (1912-1913)
Civilization and Its Discontents (1930 [1929]) 
"Analysis Terminable and Interminable" (1937) 
"Construction in Analysis" (1937)

[Crosslisted with: ILA 790]


WGS 585:  "Eros"
Huffer and Willet
W 5:00-8:00 PM

Content: Is Eros a subversion of thought and of friendship, or their raison d'etre and condition of possibility? Is it a feeling, a drive, a spiritual passion or a relation? What are its obstacles and its enhancements? When and why does eros emerge and what is at stake for an ethics? This interdisciplinary course will explore eros as a concept and a practice through a range of texts and cultural objects from the ancient and contemporary worlds.  Exploring in particular the possibilities for an ethics of eros in the 21st century, our inquiry will examine the corporeal, desubjectivating, other-oriented, and ecstatic aspects of love and that eros sometimes names.  The world-making movement that Hegel names love appears as the dialectic of comedy and tragedy, as a counter power to hubris, and in the anarchic manifestos of social movements.  

Texts: Readings will draw from such authors as Sappo, Euripides, Plato, Pseudo-Dionysius, Ovid, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Colette, Marcel Mauss, Bataille, Levinas, Thomas Mann, Barthes, Foucault, Baldwin, Oscar Wilde, Irigaray, Marcuse, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Donna Haraway, Monique Wittig, Manuel Puig, and Dennis Cooper.

Particulars: One or two shorter seminar presentations, short and longer essay, annotated bibliography for final essay.

FREN  775: "Revolutionary Perversions: ‘Literary Sex Acts 1789-1848’" 
Tu 1:00-4:00 PM

Content: In this course, we shall examine how representations of “non-normative” sexuality in several major nineteenth-century works relate to the problem of representing history in the aftermath of the French revolution. Many of the canonical literary texts written between 1789 and 1848 are organized around explicit or implicit depictions of impotence, lesbianism, hysteria, cross dressing, masturbation and prostitution. By focusing on these figures (as they appear in literary form) we shall explore how these nineteenth-century literary inscriptions of ‘perverse’ forms of sexuality enable us to read changing conceptions of the relationship between language, history, gender and power.

Texts: Possible texts include: La Philosophie dans le boudoir (Sade); René (Chateaubriand); Armance (Stendhal); Le Père Goriot and La Fille aux yeux d’or (Balzac); L’Education sentimentale (Flaubert), La Curée (Zola) and selections from Baudelaire’s prose poems. Critical readings may include works by Freud, Marx, Benjamin and others.

[Cross-listed with CPLT 752-000]

WGS 589: "The Affective Turn"
Th 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Permission required to register for this course.

Content: There has been enormous interest in recent years in emotions.  The so-called "affective turn" is evident in a wide variety of disciplines: philosophy, literary criticism, psychology, psychoanalysis, the neurosciences, geography, anthropology, and history.  Researchers have been interested in how affective dynamics can reinvigorate our theories of text, mind and matter.  This course will focus on one key figure in this turn to affect: the psychologist Silvan S. Tomkins.  His work draws on physiological data, evolutionary theories, psychological experimentation, biography, clinical anecdote, and textual analysis to generate one of the most import and comprehensive accounts of affect in the twentieth century.  We will read selections from Thomkins' four volume major work Affect, Imagery, Consciousness.  This work will be contextualized within the broader politics of the affective turn (e.g., the Deluezian uses of affect; Darwinian theory of emotion; the politics of shame; the value of empirical data for humanities scholarship; and the role of clinical data in critical analysis).

Readings: All readings will be provided online through Reserves Direct.

Requirements: Written papers; class participation.

CPLT 752R 001: "Classical Film Theory"
MWF 9:35-10:25AM (lectures); Tu 6:00-8:00PM (screenings)

Content: This course considers key methodological approaches that have shaped contemporary thinking about film and media.  These include semiotics, narratology, psychoanalysis, feminist and critical theory.

Objectives:  By the end of this class you will be able to: Identify and describe key trends of Western film theory and criticism written after 1960, use, and critique, the methods of semiology, narratology, psychoanalysis, critical and cultural theory as ways of understanding contemporary film and media.

Texts: Roland Barthes, Image/Music/Text (Noonday Press, 1978); Stanley Cavell,The World Viewed (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard UP, 1980); Christian Metz, Film Language:  A Semiotics of the Cinema (Chicago:  U of Chicago P, 1991); ---.  The Imaginary Signifier:  Psychoanalysis and the Cinema (Bloomington:  Indian UP, 1977); Robert Stam et al.  New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics:  Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, and Beyond (London:  Routledge, 1992). All other texts will be on electronic reserve or on book reserve.

Particulars: Mandatory Film Screening. Tuesday classes will be primarily lecture-based. Thursday classes will entail some lecture, but students should also be prepared to discuss the readings and the film. This means that you should complete the week's reading by Thursday 10:00 am. Attendance at all lectures and screenings is mandatory. Absences will adversely affect your grade. If you absolutely cannot attend a class or a screening, you should contact me beforehand. You must submit a film-and-theory response paper (described below) on a bi-weekly basis. In addition there will be a midterm exam that will consist of short identifications and essay questions, and a final paper 12-15 pages in length.

[Cross-listed with CPLT 389, FILM 381, & FILM 581]