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Lecture and Seminar Programme

  Week Topic
Autumn Term 1

In Search of Human Nature: Why History is So Vital for Our Understanding of What
It Means to Be Human

2

Famous Stories We Tell Ourselves (I): The ‘Discovery’ of the Individual or the ‘Self-Fashioning’ of Renaissance Man? Jacob Burckhardt and Stephen Greenblatt 

3

Famous Stories We Tell Ourselves (II): The ‘Scientific Revolution’

 

4

Discovering Human Nature? The Case of Sixteenth–Century Anatomy

 

5

Man Possessed: How to Become Holy or Demoniac in the Early Modern World

6 ~ reading week ~
7

Of Monsters and Cannibals: Europeans Encounter the New World ‘Other’

 

8

Challenging God’s Power? The ‘Invention’ of a 'Curious' Human Nature in the Seventeenth Century

 

9

Body and Soul Re-Thought: Man as Machine and the Changing Animal/Human Relationship in the 17th Century

 

10

Who is 'Man'? The Quest for Human Nature and the ‘Science of Man’ in the Enlightenment

 

Spring Term 1

Is the Savage Noble: Exploration, Cross-Cultural Encounter and the Question of Human Races in the 18th Century 

 

2

‘All Men are Equal’: But Women and Slaves are not!

 

3

Human Nature, Commerce and Corruption: The Invention of a 'Homo Economicus' in the Eighteenth Century

 

4

The ‘Invention’ of Pornography: Exploring Man’s Sexual Fantasies

 

5

Bringing the Psyche into Focus (I) – an Introduction

 

6 ~ reading week ~
7

Bringing the Psyche into Focus (II): The Problem of the Individual Self and Its Relationship to Society

 

8

The Theory of Evolution and Its Problems

 

9

‘Penis Envy’, ‘Castration Anxiety’, ‘Oedipus Complex’ and ‘Perversion’:

the Invention of an Unconscious Human Nature in 19th-Century Vienna

 

10

Outlook: How Freud Got Under Our Skin

Summer Term Week 2

Revision Lecture and Seminars

Week 4

Revision Lecture 2

 

 

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Images: Wellcome Library, London