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Spring 2019 Religion GU4516 section 001
THE POLITICS OF FREUD IN THE POSTCOLONY
THE POLITICS OF FREUD IN THE P

Call Number 17396
Day & Time
Location
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
201 80 Claremont Ave
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructors Katherine Pratt Ewing
Nicholas A Bartlett
Type SEMINAR
Course Description This seminar examines the legacies of psychoanalysis through a critical exploration of how its concepts, practices and institutes have operated in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Weekly discussions will look at how practicing therapists, activists, anthropologists and others have extended, subverted and displaced psychoanalytic thought within non-European histories and imaginaries. Topics include challenges to the universality of the Oedipus emerging from early 20th century anthropologist’s studies of kinship in Papua New Guinea, legacies of a self-made South Asian psychoanalyst’s challenges to Freudian orthodoxies, and the study of a psychoanalysis of racism forged out of a Martinican psychiatrist’s encounters with colonial neuroses in Algeria. We will also explore how psychoanalytic concepts have been deployed in debates about repression and sexuality in daily life during the Cultural Revolution and the psychic legacies of Maoism in contemporary China. In addition to reading the work of Freud and his critics, we will encounter primary materials—religious texts, movies, novels—that have been subjected to psychoanalytically-inflected interpretations. While attending to the cultural, racial and political assumptions suffusing psychoanalysis, our seminar will also show how variously situated authors have given this tradition new applications and meanings.
Web Site Vergil
Department Religion
Enrollment 4 students (20 max) as of 10:04AM Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Subject Religion
Number GU4516
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To School of the Arts, Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs, International and Public Affairs
Campus Morningside
Section key 20191RELI4516W001

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