Psychoanalysis and Literature: Dreaming and its Interpretations

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Psychoanalysis & Literature

Fall 2021

Taught By: Emma Lieber

Section: A

CRN: 11109

Credits: 4

Psychoanalysis was famously termed “the talking cure” by one of Freud’s first patients. As a practice of putting the self to language in speech, psychoanalysis is intimately bound up with the action of the mouth. But what of the pen? What is the relationship between psychoanalysis and writing, and specifically between psychoanalysis and literature? Freud came up with many early psychoanalytic ideas by carrying out a self-analysis in a series of letters to his colleague, Wilhelm Fleiss; his texts have been taken as works of literature in their own right; the insights of psychoanalysis have often been arrived at with literature in mind. Proceeding from Shoshana Felman’s claim that “literature is the unconscious of psychoanalysis,” we will examine the idea of the written text in/and psychoanalysis, keeping always in mind its complex relation to the spoken word. Assignments will include both critical papers and written “self-analyses,” including the keeping of a dream journal. This course fulfills the Literature elective requirement in Literary Studies.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 12:00pm 1/24/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 262

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021