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Syllabus 2015-16

Syllabus for 2015-16 Term 1.

Freud’s Metapsychology and Beyond: Trauma / Oedipus / Death Drive

WEEK 1 Trauma, Seduction and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis

1. Breuer and Freud, Studies on Hysteria (1895), in SE vol. 2 (PFL vol. 3)

a/ chap. I, “On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena: Preliminary Communications” (1893),

b/ chap.2, Case Histories : (3) “Miss Lucy R”, (4) “Katarina”.

2. Freud, “Psychopathology of Hysteria” (the Case of ‘Emma’), in Project for a Scientific Psychology, Part II (1895), SE vol. 1.

3. Freud, "Further Remarks on the Neuro-Psychoses of Defense" (1896), esp. sections I and III (Analysis of a Case of Chronic Paranoia), SE vol. 3.

4. Freud, letter to Wilhelm Fliess, 21/9/1897, The Complete Letters of Freud to Fliess: 1887-1904, ed. J.M. Masson, (Harvard U.P., 1985). Photocopy provided.

WEEK 2 Narrating Trauma

1. Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1916-17), Lecture 17 “The Sense of Symptoms”,

Lecture 18 “Fixation to Traumas – the Unconscious”, SE 15 (or in PFL 1)

2. E.T.A. Hoffmann, “Mademoiselle de Scudery” (1816), in Tales of Hoffmann, trans. Hollingdale, Penguin, 1982.

WEEK 3 Sexuality and the Drives

1. Freud, “Infantile Sexuality”, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905), SE 7 (or in On Sexuality, PFL 7).

2. Freud, Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy (“Little Hans”, 1909), SE 10 (or in Case Studies I, PFL 8).

3. Freud, “On the Sexual Theories of Children” (1908), SE 9, (or in On Sexuality, PFL 7).

WEEK 4 The Ego as Love-Object: Reality Ego, Body Ego, Skin Ego

1. Freud, "On Narcissism: an Introduction" (1914), SE 14 (or On Metapsychology PFL 11)

2. Freud, The Ego and the Id. (1923), chapters 1, 2 and 3, SE 19 (or On Metapsychology PFL 11)

3. Didier Anzieu, “The Skin Ego’’, Psychoanalysis in France, ed. S. Lebovici and D. Widlocher, NY,1980.


WEEK 5 The Copernican Revolution and Psychoanalysis

1. Freud, “A Difficulty in the Path of Psychoanalysis” (1917), SE 17.

2. Jean Laplanche, “The Unfinished Copernican Revolution” in Essays on Otherness, ed. John Fletcher.

Week 6 Seduction, Translation and the Enigmatic Signifier 

1. Freud, Letter to Fliess (on the concept of translation), 6th Dec. 1896, Freud-Fliess Letters, ed. Masson (pp. 207-9). Photocopy supplied.

2. Jean Laplanche, “Towards a General Theory of Seduction”, ch.3, New Foundations for Psychoanalysis (1987).

3. William Blake, The Mental Traveller (any edition or website).

WEEK 7. ‘Ptolemaic’ versus ‘Copernican’ readings I: Oedipus the King

1. Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus (426 BC), trans. as Oedipus the King, Thomas Gould, Prentice Hall, 1970.

NB It is essential to use the Gould translation and notes.

2. Freud, extracts on Oedipus, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and letter to Fliess, 15/10/’97 (ed. Masson). Photocopies supplied.

WEEK 8. ‘Ptolemaic’ versus ‘Copernican’ readings II: Hamlet

1. William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

2.Freud, extracts on Hamlet, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and letter to Fliess, 15/10/’97 (ed. Masson). Photocopies supplied.

3. Jean Laplanche, “Implantation and Intromission”, in Essays on Otherness, ed. John Fletcher, Routledge, 1999.

WEEK 9. Reading the Death Drive

1. Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920), SE 18, (or in On Metapsychology, PFL 11), esp. chapters 1-4.

2. Jean Laplanche, “The so-called ‘Death Drive’: a Sexual Drive”, in The Death Drive: New Life for a Dead Subject ?, ed R. Weatherill, Rebus Press, 1999.

WEEK 10 Repetition, Death and the Uncanny

1. Freud, “The Uncanny” (1919), SE 17 (or in Art and Literature PFL 14).

2. E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Sandman” (1816), Tales of Hoffmann, Penguin, 1982.