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John E Toews
HIST 314
Seattle Campus

The Psychoanalytic Revolution in Historical Perspective

Genesis and evolution of Freudian theory in context of the crisis of liberal-bourgeois culture in central Europe and parallel developments in philosophy, literature, and social theory. Emergence and division of the psychoanalytic movement. Transformation of psychoanalysis in British, French, and especially American cultural traditions. Offered: jointly with CHID 314.

Class description

The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of Freudian Psychoanalysis as a way of thinking about the self and its relations with and to others. The first half of the course will examine the construction and transformation of Freudian theory in the context of the crisis of liberal culture in central Europe between 1870 and 1939. Attention will be paid to parallel developments in literature, the arts ,philosophy and social theory in order to sutuate Freud in the culture of "modernism". The second half will focus on the transformation of Freudian theory after WEorld War I and the divergent receptions of Psychoanalysis among Freud's followers and critics. One of the threads that we will try to draw through all pf this material is that of gender formation-- the construction of masculine and feminine identities. But we will also examine questions of class, ethnicity, religion and national political culture as they relate to the creation and reception of Freudian conceptions of self formation.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Mixed lecture and class discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to write short weekly responses to the assigned readings as preparation for class discussions and a longer (8-10 page) research paper on a topic of their choice.There will be one-hour midterm and final quizzes based on lecture content.

Grading Percentages Responses to assigned readings 30% Quizzes 30% Term Paper 40%


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Last Update by John E Toews
Date: 01/31/2013