Psychoanalysis and Culture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Psychoanalysis and Culture
Spring 2024
Taught By: Lucas Ballestin
Section: A

CRN: 13671

Credits: 4

Despite a steady decline since its peak of influence in the 1950s, psychoanalysis remains an influential framework for analyzing cultural and political phenomena. Originally crafted as a way to grapple with the clinical puzzles of psychopathology around the beginning of the last century, the insights and theories of the pioneers of psychoanalysis were almost immediately put to use to help us understand aspects of our aesthetic and political cultures that had defied explanation and confounded critics. Concepts like the unconscious, neurosis, sublimation and defense, have all been applied to a wide range of problems in public life and the arts in ways that have deepened our understanding into the human animal and its cultural productions. This course is meant to introduce students to a selection of influential psychoanalytic writings on culture, as well as subsequent critiques of psychoanalysis by skeptics and former adherents. Our aim will be to understand this historically influential tradition while considering its limitations, and, potentially, its future promise. [Track C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:40am EDT 5/20/2024