COMPLIT 376 - Literature and Ideas
Section: 002 Freud and Literature
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will introduce you to some of the major works by Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis and a masterful writer in his own right. It may lead you to appreciate him as an innovative theorist of interpretation, a skillful reader/interpreter of anything ranging from hysteric symptoms to the so-called great works of literature, including the Bible. In the course of reading Freud, you will become familiar with certain widely circulated but poorly understood, highly technical psychoanalytic concepts—for example, “the unconscious," "repression," “perversion,” “Oedipus complex,” “penis envy,” and “fetishism.”

The reading will include: The Interpretation of Dreams; Totem and Taboo; Moses and Monotheism; Case History of the Wolf-Man; Screen Memories; Moses of Michelangelo; The Uncanny; Dreams and Telepathy; and others. We will also view several feature-length films from the latter half of the 20th century in order to explore the impact of psychoanalysis on popular culture of our time: “Spellbound” (Hitchcock film; a murder mystery is solved by psychoanalysis); “Seven-Percent Solution” (Freud treats Sherlock Holmes’ drug addiction); “Zelig” (Woody Allen film about “human chameleon” and his lovely analyst).

COMPLIT 376 - Literature and Ideas
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001 (SEM)
WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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