Spring 2024

PSP 761R-1 - Clinical Methods in Psychoanalysis: Freud II

R. Paul

Thursday 6:15-7:45 pm, EUPI in Executive Park #6

This course will cover the writings of Sigmund Freud from his earliest analytic writings (1893) up through the cases of the Rat Man, Little Hans, and Dr. Schreber (1911). Freud II will be offered in Spring 2024.

PSP 789-1 / FRE 780-1 / PHIL 789-3 - Drives Theory: Freud, Laplanche, Lyotard

Claire Nouvet

Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm, Callaway C202

The course will address the notion of 'drive' as it imposes itself, if somewhat enigmatically, in psychoanalysis. While claiming that drive theory is 'indispensable,' Freud acknowledged that he only 'painfully felt' his way toward the drives and their vicissitudes. We will trace some of the steps of this painstaking analysis before turning to Laplanche's reevaluation of Freud's 'seduction theory,' an extension that affirms the primacy of the other against a certain theoretical self-centering, and proposes a new understanding of the drives. Finally, we will address Lyotard's philosophical elaboration of the drives (the 'death drive' in particular) in texts such as Discourse, Figure and Libidinal Economy.)

(Texts may include: Freud: Instincts and their Vicissitudes; Three Essays on Sexuality; Beyond the Pleasure Principle; A Child is Being Beaten: A Contribution to the Study of the Origin of Sexual Perversions; The Economic Problem of Masochism Laplanche: Freud and the Sexual [selections]; New Foundations for Psychoanalysis [selections]; Essays on Otherness [selections]; Life and Death in Psychoanalysis [selections] Lyotard: Discourse, Figure [selections]; Libidinal Economy [selections]; 'Painting as a Libidinal set-up')

PSP 789- / WGS 752 - Queer Theory: Questions on the Universal, Worlding, and Difference

Linette Park

Monday 4:00-6:45 pm, Candler Library 125

The point of departure of this seminar is the question of sexuality and desire posed in queer theory and in respect to psychoanalysis, gender, and critical theories of race. An underlying question is what queerness does to theory, but also what, in turn, may remain unthought or an impossibility for theory in relation to queerness. The seminar is divided in three parts. The seminar will begin with a study of Freud’s works on sexuality, namely his reflections on the foundational myth of the castration complex. In this first section, we will also study how Freud’s theories have influenced contemporary psychoanalytic theories (Lacan, Winnicott, Bersani, Edelman) and psychoanalytic feminisms (Irigaray, Kristeva, Rose, Sedgwick, Butler) on the question of sexuality.

The second section explores how critical theorists and philosophers of race have taken up and departed from such lines of inquiry (Tinsley, Warren, Jackson, Bradley, Puar, Muñoz, Snorton). The third section places our interrogations against the words that comprise the sub-heading of the course title: the universal, worlding, and difference. We will ruminate on them as concepts, figures, and effects of rhetoric to ask how they come into being and into relation with language, representation, and politics. In this final sense, we will explore the contributions of queer theory to a range of other fields (including anthropology, film and media studies, political theory).


PSP 789 - "The Work of Memory"

Angelika Bammer

Wednesday 4:00-7:00 pm, TBA

This course will review some of the key texts and concepts in the emerging field of Memory Studies, with particular emphasis on the connections (and tensions) between history (what happened) and memory (what is remembered and how). In this context, we will explore some of the terms in which memory is talked about, including the distinctions between public, collective, social or cultural, memory, on the one hand, and private, personal, or autobiographical, memory, on the other hand. We will consider the political, ethical, social, aesthetic, psychological, and psychoanalytical dimensions of remembering – and its counterpart, forgetting – and consider some of the ways in which perspectives and approaches from the field of Memory Studies might offer useful analytical and hermeneutic tools for our work. 

Particulars: Weekly responses to the readings and a semester project.