This course is designed as an introduction to psychoanalytic theory through the study of literature, film, and other cultural activities. The approach we’ll follow is to read and discuss the major essays of Freud (and some Lacan, Zizek, et al) alongside selected works of short fiction and film. The course goals are to a) familiarize students with the concepts and analytic vocabulary of psychoanalysis, b) enable their further research into literature/the arts using psychoanalytic theory, c) to become more familiar with Freud’s work as the context for much later theory.

-Research paper/thesis chapter: 50%
-Research paper outline & bibliography: 20%
-Participation/discussion: 30%