Sex and Text in Freud's Vienna|
Spring 2008 not offered
The focus in this course will be initially on the foundational texts of psychoanalysis: STUDIES ON HYSTERIA, THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS, and "A Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Dora)." We will then investigate the response and resistance, both creative and polemical, to Freud and psychoanalytic theory in the literature and art of the period. We will read major works by Freud's "double," the novelist and playwright Arthur Schnitzler, and by the satirist Karl Kraus, the author of the famous aphorism "Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it purports to be the therapy." The implicit response to Freud's theory of dreams and of the unconscious in the portraits and other paintings of Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele will also be given close consideration. In general, the course will explore how psychoanalysis influenced and participated in the sexual discourses of the period.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
Breuer and Freud, STUDIES ON HYSTERIA
Freud, DORA, INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, ELECTRA
Oskar Kokoschka, MURDERER, HOPE OF WOMEN, THE DREAMING BOYS
Karl Kraus, HALF-TRUTHS AND ONE-AND-A-HALF TRUTHS, aphorisms, IN THESE GREAT TIMES
Arthur Schnitzler, LA RONDE, FRAEULEIN ELSE, DREAM STORY
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Two short essays, one mid-term examination, one research paper.
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