Freud and Lacan, with Kristeva: Syllabus

** = try very hard to read in addition to main, unstarred reading
** = skim, do not read in detail; will be referred to in passing

Week 1: January 19, 21

Tues: Introduction to the course: how to read, how to write a précis

Thurs: Who are these people, I?: Freud Introduces Himself
Freud, "An Autobiographical Study," Gay, 3-41

Week 2: January 26, 28

Tues: Who are these people, II?: Lacan Introduces Himself
Lacan, "Excommunication," Four Fundamental, 1-13
*Lacan, "Challenge to the Psychoanalytic Establishment," Television, 49-135

SECTION 1: What Do Analysts Do?

Thurs: The Case Studies
Freud, "Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria ("Dora")," Gay, 172-239
*Freud, "From the History of an Infantile Neurosis ("Wolf Man"),"Gay, 400-426
**Freud & Josef Breuer, "Anna O," Gay, 60-78
**Freud, "Katharina," Gay, 78-86
**Freud, "Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis ("Rat Man")," Gay, 309-350

Week 3: February 2, 4

Tues: Freud's Analysts
Freud, "Recommendations to Physicians Practicing Psycho-Analysis," Gay, 356-363
Freud, "On Beginning the Treatment," Gay, 363-378

Freud, "Observations on Transference-Love," Gay, 378-387
Freud, "Some Character-Types Met with in Psycho-Analytic Work," Gay, 589-593
Freud, "The Question of Lay Analysis," Gay, 678-685
**Precis due: any Freud essay on analysis

Week 4: February 9, 11

Tues: Lacan's Analysts
Lacan, "The Freudian Thing," Écrits, 114-145
Lacan, "The Direction of the Treatment," Écrits, 226-280
*Lacan, "Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis," Écrits, 8-29

Lacan, "Presence of the Analyst," Four Fundamental, 123-135
*Lacan, "Analysis and Truth," Four Fundamental, 136-148
Lacan, "Of the Subject who is Supposed to Know," Four Fundamental, 230-243
*Lacan, "In You More than You," Four Fundamental, 263-276
**Precis due: any Lacan essay on analysis

SECTION 2: The Theory

Week 5: February 16, 18

Tues: Freud's Model of the Psyche
Freud, "The Aetiology of Hysteria," Gay, 96-111
Freud, "Screen Memories," Gay, 117-126

Freud, "Instincts and Their Vicissitudes," Gay, 562-568
Freud, "Repression," Gay, 568-572
Freud, "The Unconscious," Gay, 572-584

Week 6: February 23, 25

Freud, "On Narcissism: An Introduction," Gay, 545-562
*Freud, "The Ego and the Id," Gay, 628-658
**Precis due: any Freud essay on psyche

Freud, "Formulations on the Two Principles of Mental Functioning," Gay, 301-306
Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia," Gay, 584-589
Freud, "Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego," Gay, 626-628
*Freud, "Beyond the Pleasure Principle," Gay, 594-626
**Freud, "Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices," Gay, 429-436

Week 7: March 2, 4

Tues: Lacan's Model of the Psyche
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE, Écrits, vii-xii
Lacan, "The Mirror Stage . . . ," Écrits, 1-7
Lacan, "The Network of Signifiers," Four Fundamental, 42-52
Lacan, "Tuché and Automaton," Four Fundamental, 53-64

Lacan, "The Split Between the Eye and the Gaze," Four Fundamental, 67-78
Lacan, "Anamorphosis," Four Fundamental, 79-90
**Lacan, "The Line and Light," Four Fundamental, 91-104
**Precis due: "The Mirror Stage"

Week 8: March 9, 11

Lacan, "What is a Picture?," Four Fundamental, 105-119
Lacan, "The Subject and the Other: Alienation," Four Fundamental, 203-215
**Lacan, "The Subject and the Other: Aphanisis," Four Fundamental, 216-229

SECTION 3: The Sex Thing

Thurs: Freud on Human Sexuality
Freud, "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality," Gay, 239-293
**Freud, "Totem and Taboo," Gay, 481-513
**Freud, "Civilization and Its Discontents," Gay, 722-772

SPRING BREAK: 13-21 March 1999

Week 9: March 23, 25

Freud, "Family Romances," Gay, 297-300
Freud, "A Special Type of Choice of Object Made by Men," Gay, 387-394
Freud, "On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love," Gay, 394-400
Freud, "The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex," Gay, 661-666
**Freud, "The Future of an Illusion," Gay, 685-722
**Precis due: any Freud essay on sexuality

Thurs: day off -- use the time to finish your paper!

Week 10: March 30, April 1

Tues: Lacan on Human Sexuality
Lacan, "The Signification of the Phallus," Écrits, 281-291
**First Paper Draft Due

Lacan, "Sexuality in the Defiles of the Signifier," Four Fundamental, 149-160
Lacan, "The Deconstruction of the Drive," Four Fundamental, 161-173
Lacan, "The Partial Drive and Its Circuit," Four Fundamental, 174-186
*Lacan, "From Love to the Libido," Four Fundamental, 187-200

Week 11: April 6. 8

Lacan, "The Subversion of the Subject," Écrits, 292-325
**Precis due: "The Signification of the Phallus" or any other Lacan

SECTION 4: Psyche and Signifying

Thurs: Freud on Dreams and Creativity
Freud, "The Interpretation of Dreams," Gay, 129-142
Freud, "On Dreams," 142-172
Freud, "Negation," Gay, 666-669

Week 12: April 13, 15

Freud, "Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming," Gay, 436-443
Freud, "Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood," Gay, 443-481
*Freud, "The Theme of the Three Caskets," Gay, 514-522
*Freud, "The Moses of Michelangelo," Gay, 522-539
**Precis due: "On Dreams" or "Interpretation of Dreams" excerpt

Thurs: Lacan on Signifying
Lacan, "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious, or Reason Since Freud," Écrits, 146-178


Week 13: April 20, 22

Lacan, "The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis," Écrits, 30-113
**Precis due: "The Agency of the Letter" or any one section of "Function"


SECTION 5: Kristeva's Dissent

Thurs: On Psychoanalysis
Julia Kristeva, "Psychoanalysis: A Counterdepressant," Black Sun, 1-30
Julia Kristeva, "Psychoanalysis and the Polis," The Kristeva Reader, 301-320


Week 14: April 27, 29

Julia Kristeva, "Freud and Love: Treatment and Its Discontents," The Kristeva Reader, 238-271

Thurs: On what the psyche is
Julia Kristeva, In the Beginning Was Love (all)


Week 15: May 4, 6

Tues: On Signification
Julia Kristeva, "Life and Death of Speech," Black Sun, 31-68
*Julia Kristeva, "Illustrations of Feminine Depression," Black Sun, 69-94

Thurs: Concluding Discussion: Freud's World
** Expanded rewrite of paper due