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Race and Psychoanalysis

ENGL 272.401
also offered as: ASAM 202
Tuesday 1:30-4:30pm

This seminar will investigate the relationship between race and psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is often characterized as a theory concerning sexuality and sexual difference. However, we will explore how psychoanalysis might be repurposed to analyze problems of race and racial difference as well. Throughout the semester we will read classic theorists of psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, and Jacques Lacan) in order to establish a critical foundation for fundamental concepts in the field. We will also read a number of critical commentators and clinicians in order to rethink psychoanalysis within a larger global history of colonialism and race relations. In conjunction, we will examine various novels, films, and case histories focused on the social and psychic lives of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.

fulfills requirements
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major