GRC 362E: Freud and Lacan, with Kristeva

Semester: Spring 1999
Unique: 33955
Meeting: T TH 9:30-11

Instructor: Katherine Arens
Dept. of Germanic Studies
(512) 471-4123
Office: E.P. Schoch 3.128

Office Hours: TTH 8:00-9:25
and by appointment


This course is designed to introduce students to the work of Sigmund Freud and his most famous modern adapter, the French analyst Jacques Lacan. To that end, students will read through a selection of the works of both: the Freud Reader, and Lacan's Écrits and Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis.

At the end of the course, a third voice will be introduced to show how this theory is being still further adapted, an adaptation represented by another French analyst and philosopher, Julia Kristeva.

All three bodies of work address issues that are of central concern today: definitions of the self and of mental health, descriptions on how the individual mind confronts and is confronted by society and its environment, and models for learning and protecting one's own identity.

This course presupposes no prior knowledge of Freud or psychoanalysis; it does presuppose a willingness to read texts that sometimes seem very difficult, but which are the basis for much modern thought.



**This class fulfills the University's requirements for a course with a "Significant Writing Component."

Texts: Required & on Reserve

Sigmund Freud, The Freud Reader, ed. Peter Gay. NY: W.W. Norton, 1989; ISBN 0-393-31403-0 (BF 173 F6255 1989)

Jacques Lacan, Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. NY: W.W. Norton, 1977; ISBN 0-393-30047-1 (BF 173 L14213 1977)

Jacques Lacan, Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, ed. Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. Alan Sheridan. NY: W.W. Norton, 1998; ISBN 0-393-31775-7 (or other -pagination identical); (BF 173 L146213 1981)

Texts: Recommended & on Reserve

Jacques Lacan, Television; A Challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment. Ed. Joan Copjec. NY: W.W. Norton, 1990; ISBN 0-393-02496-2 (BF 173 L 14713 1990)

Julia Kristeva, In the Beginning was Love. Trans Arthur Goldhammer. NY: Columbia UP, 1987; ISBN 0-231-06516-7 (BF 175.4 R44 K7513 1987)

Julia Kristeva, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia. Trans. Leon S. Roudiez. NY: Columbia UP, 1989; ISBN 0-231-06706-2 (RC 537 K7513 1989)

Julia Kristeva, The Kristeva Reader. Ed. Toril Moi. NY: Columbia UP, 1986; ISBN 0-231-06325-3 (P 99 K687 1986M)

**Excerpts will be passed out in class.

Background, on Reserve

David Macey, Lacan in Contexts. London, NY: Verso, 1988; ISBN 0-86-09125-9 pbk (BF 173 M 356 1988)