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CERGE-EI and the School of Humanities at Charles University
Politických vězňů 7, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic Tel. : +420 224 005 201, +420 224 005 133, +420 224 005 208, Fax : +420 224 005 225 Website: http://upces.cerge-ei.cz/
Psychoanalysis and Cultural-Studies
Professor: Erik S. Roraback, D.Phil. (Oxon.); B.A. (Pomona) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.erikroraback.com
BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE COURSE: To study in some detail a select band of the seminars offered by the major post-Freudian psychoanalytic thinker, teacher and practitioner, Jacques Lacan (1901-81), and some outstanding Lacan-criticism. We shall also engage some important post-Lacanian thinkers with special reference to Slavoj Žižek (1949-) and to Julia Kristeva (1940-) in order to use psychoanalysis as a powerful critical tool to diagnose both individual and social reality, and individual artworks. ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING POLICY: Reading: there is not an over-abundance of matter to be read for the class; therefore, that which is assigned deserves your careful attention Writing: a mid-term paper of 1500-2000 words and a final paper of 2500-3000 words; topics will be given two weeks in advance, but you can also make your own creative choice of topic area that must have the professor’s approval in advance; regrettably, late papers will not be accepted. Assessment: Mid-term essay 20%, Final essay 40%, Attendance, Participation and Oral Presentation 40% ; crucially, you are allowed up to two unexcused absences maximum out of fourteen sessions total (i.e., four out of twenty-eight component parts with each week having two parts) to pass the course; your mental participation and over-all affect on the quality of the class inform this grade as much as how much you contribute to seminar discussions; arriving more than ten minutes late for class or leaving for more than ten minutes for any part of the class
Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. Dennis Tredy. 3-5 April 2009. Alan Sheridan (Norton. 1972-73: Encore. “Multiple Folds of an Unconscious ‘Crystal’ Monad: James. 2006). Brno. -Jacques-Alain Miller. trans. trans. Book XX. Joyce. with notes Bruck Fink (Norton. The Ethics of Psychoanalysis: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book VII. McEnroe vs. 2002). All students must sign up for one in-class oral presentation that should be roughly of fifteen minutes duration. Athletic Identity. trans. Prague. François Faffoul and David Pettigrew (SUNY. --Sigmund Freud. Intimate Revolt: The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis. sent to students as email attachments. Annick Duperray and Adrian Harding. Intimate Revolt: The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis. --Julia Kristeva. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan. 4-5/10 2012. _____ . ed. 1998). it should offer an opportunity to contest and to test your ideas with us and so usefully serve as work to consult for one of the two required papers for the course. Masaryk University. Roraback. 1981). or. --Lorenzo Chiesa. Czech Republic. “Catastrophe. Kiarina Kordela. “Henry James’s Europe: Cultural reappropriations. Benjamin. Lacan (Harvard. Benjamin & Blanchot” a paper given on 3 April 2009 for the First Annual Conference of the European Henry James Society. 2011. Lendl”a paper given at a colloquium on “Identities” on 24 September 2010. Slavoj Žižek (MIT. Universität Konstanz. Religion (Other Press. --Erik S. Metropolitan University. 10-11/10 2008. 2000). with notes Dennis Porter (Routledge. ed. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Pscyhoanalysis. There will be one ten minute break at the midpoint mark during each week’s three-hour-long session. --Jacques Lacan. 204). _____ . “The Unconscious. --Alexandre Leupin. one or more of the following texts: _____ . Jacques-Alain Miller. “A Multiplicity of Folds of an Unconscious ‘Crystal’ Monad: James. and Blanchot. Civilization and Its Discontents (Penguin. Lacan. _____ . --James Mellard. 1992). ideally. --A.* Text available in CERGE-EI library --Jean-Luc Nancy and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. ed. 2007). Pynchon” a paper given at the 12th Constance-Prague-Workshop: Culture and Crisis. “Diversification and its Discontents: Dynamics of the Discipline”. and Shakespeare’s King Lear” a paper first given on 4 February 2010 at the 9th Conference of English and American Studies. Germany. “A Gateway to a Rhetoric of Lacan and Luhmann” a revised version of a paper given at the 14th ConstancePrague-Workshop: Culture and Crisis on “Violence and Representation” in the Universität Konstanz. Czech Republic. Volume 2 (Columbia. A Clinical Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique (Harvard. “The Dramatism and Folds of Desire’s Discontents: Welles. (SUNY. 2002). Lacan. --Reading Seminar XI: Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysts.session will result in an absence for that day. --Jacques Lacan. Bruce Fink. eds. 2007). The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan. The American University of Paris. eds. 1991). trans. Forthcoming in a 2012 book published by Charles University Press for the centenary celebration of Prague English Studies. Volume 1 (Columbia. the 1984 French Open Final. ed. Beyond Lacan (SUNY. --Bruce Fink. Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan. . Lacan Today: Psychoanalysis. Jacques-Alain Miller. Surplus: Spinoza.” Online chapter S 68-77. Germany. --Julia Kristeva. Maire Jaanus. Science. _____ . 294 + S 92pp. 2005). --On Feminine Sexuality: The Limits of Love and Knowledge. Richard Feldstein. READINGS: Extracts from a select band of the following critical and theoretical texts will be available in a course reader. transtextual relations”. Henry James’s Europe: Heritage and Transfer. Lacan (SUNY. Short Circuits series. or will be discussed by the instructor: --Malcolm Bowie. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book XI. & a Whole Galaxy on Stage. 1997). Allegory & The Philosophical Baroque: Benjamin. 2008).
Weekly schedule and readings : Week 1. 7 November: Week 8. --Slavoj Žižek and Boris Gunjević. God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse (selections) PSYCHOANALYIS & POPULAR CULTURE : Erik Roraback. Religion ŽIŽEK I : Slavoj Žižek. or. 6 December: Final essay due 13 December that takes the place of the final exam. McEnroe vs. God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse (Verso. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis Mid Term Essays due AFTER LACAN I Julia Kristeva. 10 October: Week 4. The Ticklish Subject: The Absend Centre of Political Ontology (Verso. The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity (MIT. Interrogating the Real (selections) ŽIŽEK II : Slavoj Žižek. 26 September: Week 2. _____ . Interrogating the Real (selections) ŽIŽEK III : Slavoj Žižek with Boris Gunjević. Living in the End Times (Verso. 2008). 2000). 29 November: Week 11. Interrogating the Real (Continuum. 2005). Civilization and Its Discontents AFTER FREUD I: Malcolm Bowie. _____ . The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis LACAN II Jacques Lacan. & a Whole Galaxy on Stage. _____ . Science. Why is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For? (Verso. 2003).--Slavoj Žižek. 31 October: Introductions FREUD: Sigmund Freud. Lendl” Conclusions Week 12: No class Week 7. or. 15 November: Week 9. Lacan Today: Psychoanalysis. 3 October: Week 3. Volume 1 (selections) AFTER LACAN II Alexandre Leupin. 24 October: Week 6. 17 October: Week 5. _____ . 2012). The Fragile Absolute. Athletic Identity. Lacan LACAN I: Jacques Lacan. “The Unconscious. the 1984 French Open Final. 22 November: Week 10. . 2010). Intimate Revolt: The Powers and Limits of Psychoanalysis.
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