Neurosis, Hysteria and the Schizoid - Pathologies of the Subject in Literature and Thought (GER 149)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2010

A survey of theories of madness in the 20th century, this course examines inventions and conceptualizations of the "insane" subject in psychoanalysis and otherwise. Particular attention will be paid to the literary history of these pathologies as well as to the creative potential of the unreasonable subject and its exemplary function in literary avantgarde and critical thought. Theoretical readings include Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, Kristeva, Deleuze, and Guattari. Note: Readings and discussion in English.