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Fall 2019 Comparative Literature and Society & PSCC GU4251 section 001

Call Number 20179
Day & Time
T 10:10am-12:00pm
511 Kent Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Department
Instructor Karen Seeley
Method of Instruction Classroom
Course Description Prerequisites: Prior study of Freudian theory and psychoanalysis. While there is a general familiarity with the history of psychoanalysis’s spread from Vienna throughout Europe, and from the European centers of psychoanalysis to the US, less is known about its broader internationalization. This course explores the globalization of Freudian theory, and the varying ways it has been read and deployed by intellectuals, artists, and political activists--among others--in various parts of the world. Whether its central appeal was to pre-Revolution Russian intellectuals, who wished to assert their cosmopolitanism and kinship with Europe; to Mexican judges, who employed it to analyze criminal defendants; or to Egyptian experts in dreams, who added this tool to their analytic toolkit, psychoanalysis lent itself to novel, and often contrasting, interpretations and uses.
            In this class, we will examine how Freud’s universal model of the mind and theory of the subject were refashioned and repurposed to address specific social problems and to advance particular political projects, and how they were revised to conform to local concepts of emotion and the self. We will consider how a system of thought grounded in secularity and individualism was adapted for faith-based and communitarian societies. In addition, we will look into the ways Freudian notions of the unconscious intersected with existing philosophical traditions, and how other cornerstones of psychoanalytic thought were blended with local interpretive practices. Finally, we will address a number of issues that have arisen in the global transmission of psychoanalysis, including problems in the translation of Freudian theory from the original German, and the formation and ongoing conflicts of the International Psychoanalytic Association.
Web Site Vergil
Department Comparative Literature and Society, Institute for
Enrollment 2 students (15 max) as of 6:02PM Thursday, February 27, 2020
Status Full
Subject Comparative Literature and Society & PSCC
Number GU4251
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20193CLPS4251W001

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