LIT 205 Literature and Theory: Literature and Psychoanalysis (Not offered 1997-98; to be offered 1998-99)

This course is an introductory investigation of the ways in which psychological and psychoanalytic processes relate to those associated with literature. We will explore the articulation, in literature and in case studies, of the nature of the creative process, the character and language of psychopathologies, stories of origin and development, and the workings of memory and forgetting. In addition, we will reflect on reading itself: How do we in the class actually read? And how does one read psychoanalytically? Texts will be chosen from the work of Freud, Lacan, Winnicott, Benjamin, and other psychoanalysts; Goethe, M. Shelley, Hoffmann, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Flaubert, James, Gilman, Chopin, Kafka, Wharton, Schnitzler, Borges, Marquez, Morrison, and various filmmakers. Requirements: active class participation, three 2- to 3-page interpretive exercises, one 10- to 15-page final paper project. No prerequisites.