RCHUMS 361 - Psychoanalysis and the Modern Novel
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May not be repeated for credit.
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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
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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