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Detailed Syllabus

Psychoanalysis and Cultural Production 2011-12

Literature, Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Fantasy

Week 1 Fantasy and the Trauma of Seduction

1. Freud, "Further Remarks on the Neuro-Psychoses of Defense" (1896), SE vol. 3.

2. Freud, Letters to Wilhelm Fliess: 24th January 1897, 6th April, '97, 2nd May '97 and Draft L, 25th May Draft M, 31st May Draft N,

7th July, '97, 21st September, 1897, 3rd, 4th and 15th October, 22nd December, '97, 3rd January 1899, 21st december, 1899.

The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess: 18807-1904, ed. Jefrey Moussaieff Masson

(Cambridge Mass.:The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985).

Week 2  Fantasy and Memory

1. Freud, "Screen Memories" (1899), SE 3,

2. Freud, "Childhood Memories and Screen Memories", Chapter IV, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901), SE6 (PFL 5).

3. Freud, "A Childhood Recollection from Goethe's Dichtung und Wahrheit" (1917), SE 17 (PFL 14).

Week 3 Primal Fantasy

1. Freud, "A Case of Paranoia running Counter to the Psycho-Analytic Theory of the Disease" (1915), SE 14 (PFL 10, On Psychopathology).

2. Freud, "Paths to the Formation of Symptoms", Lecture 23, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1916-17), SE 16 (PFL 1).

3. Jean Laplanche and J.-B. Pontalis, "Fantasy and the Origins of Sexuality", in Unconscious Phantasy, ed. Riccardo Steiner (London: Karnac books, 2003).

Week 4 The Scenography of Fantasy

1. William Blake, "The Garden of Love", "I saw a chapel all of gold"; Elizabeth Barret Browning, "The Swan's Nest", "A Musical Instrument",

Emily Dickinson, "I started early took my dog", "Because I could not stop for death".

2. Victor Burgin, "Diderot, Barthes, Vertigo", Formations of Fantasy, ed. Victor Burgin et al (London: Methuen, 1987).

3. John Fletcher, "Poetry, Gender and Primal Fantasy", Formations of Fantasy, ed. Victor Burgin et al (London: Methuen, 1987).

Week 5 The Frame of Fantasy

1. Slavoj Zizek, “The Seven Veils of Fantasy” in The Plague of Fantasies, Verso Books, 1997. Sections 1-3

2. John Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes” (1818), with missing additional stanza VIa, in Romanticism: an Anthology, ed. Duncan Wu.

3. Thomas Hardy, The Well Beloved (1897), Wordsworth Classics.

Week 6 Interpreting Dreams

Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), (SE 4 and 5, PFL 4), chapters 2, 3,4 and 6 (sections A, B, C, D and I).

Week 7 Fantasy, Dream and Fetish

1. Wilhelm Jensen, Gradiva: a Pompeian Fantasy (1903), trans. Helen M. Downey, Green Integer, 2003. This includes Freud’s essay on Gradiva.

2. Freud, “Dreams and Delusions in Jensen’s Gradiva “ (1907), reprinted in the above and also in SE vol. 9 (Art and Literature, PFL vol. 14).

3. Freud, "Fetishism" (1927), SE 21 (PFL 7).

Week 8 Beating Fantasies

1. Freud, "'A Child is Being Beaten’: A Contribution to the Study of the Origin of Sexual Perversions” (1919), SE 17 (On Psychopathology, PFL 10).

2. Anna Freud, “Beating Fantasies and Daydreams” (1922), in The Writings of Anna Freud, vol.1, 1922-35, London: The Hogarth Press, 1974.

3. Jean Laplanche, "Interpretation Between Determinism and Hermeneutics", in Essays on Otherness, ed. John Fletcher, Routledge, 1999.

week 9 Sado-Melancholia: Poe and the Eros of Mourning

1. Freud, “Mourning and Melancholia” (1917) SE 14 (On Metapsychology, PFL 11)

2. Edgar Allan Poe, Poems: “The Raven”, “Ullulume”, “Annabel Lee”

3. Poe, "The Philosophy of Composition" (POe's essay on how he came to write his poem "The Raven").

Tales: Ligeia, Morella, Berenice, Eleanora, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (1845), (Poe: Selected Writings, ed. Galloway or any collection of Poe’s writings / Poe websites).

WEEK 10  Necro-Melancholia: Keats and the Exquisite Corpse


1. Maria Torok, “The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse” (1968);

2. Maria Torok and Nicholas Abraham, “Mourning or Melancholia: Introjection versus Incorporation” (1972),

both the above essays in The Shell and the Kernel, vol.1, ed. Nicholas Rand, University of Chicago Press, 1994.

3. John Keats, Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil (1818). Any edition / website.