This seminar is designed to acquaint students with the main theoretical texts of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek, through an exercise in multiple interpretations. Lacan’s psychoanalysis was based on a radical interpretation of Freud’s concepts, and Žižek himself used Kant, Hegel, and Lacan to re-interpret Marx. After the publication in English of Žižek’s book, The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989), American critics embraced his original theoretical approach to political culture and applied it in a variety of fields: gender studies, film and postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, and the list goes on. The first part of the course will be devoted to the discussion of primary readings from Freud and Lacan, and the second to Žižek’s The Sublime Object of Ideology.
Evaluation will be based on two 8-page seminar papers (midterm and final), and 2 class presentations (15 min. each) on cultural topics of interest to students.
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