RCHUMS 361 - Psychoanalysis and the Modern Novel
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers a basic introduction to the Freudian and Jungian theories of the human psyche: the nature of the personal and collective unconscious; theories of the instincts and their transformation; the development and function of the ego; the mechanisms of defense and repair; and theories and methods for the interpretation of dreams and works of art. It concludes with two studies in applied psychoanalysis. First, Kafka’s childhood and his relationship to his father are examined in light of the trauma of the bourgeois nuclear family as described by Freud. Also, the Freudian theory of dream interpretation is applied as a technique for the analysis of Kafka’s literary fantasies of guilt, punishment and suicide. Texts: Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams; Kafka’s short stories and The Trial. Second, "The Search for Identity” of Hesse’s protagonists are examined in the perspective of Jung’s individuation process, the persona, the shadow, archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, and man’s quest for mystical illumination. Texts include selections from The Portable Jung, Hesse’s Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. Kafka’s and Hesse’s lives are also analyzed from the perspective of theories of neurosis and artistic creativity. Books include: Introductory Lectures to Psychoanalysis and The Future of An Illusion (Freud); The Portable Jung (Jung); Death in Venice (Mann); Siddhartha and Steppenwolf (Hesse); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson); and The Basic Kafka (Kafka).

Intended audience: Undergraduates

Course Requirements: Midterm and Final Exam; term paper.

Class Format: 3 hpw lecture

RCHUMS 361 - Psychoanalysis and the Modern Novel
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
28025
Open
4
 
-
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

No Syllabi are on file for RCHUMS 361. Click the button below to search for a different syllabus (UM login required)

Search for Syllabus
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)