Freud and Jewish Identity (JS2320)
Catalog Description: Analysis of rhetoric and themes in selected writings of Sigmund Freud and his times, development of assimilation and of anti-Semitic repudiation.
From the Syllabus: This course examines selected writings of Sigmund Freud within the context of contemporary Viennese Jewish life and antisemitic discourses. Through an analysis of Freud’s rhetoric-figures, topoi, exemplar, emphases, omissions, anomalies-it explores how psychoanalytic theory developed in response to the traumas of Jewish assimilation and of antisemitic repudiation-whether by acting them out or working through them. In particular it explores the intersections of notions of gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity in Freud’s work where those responses especially emerge. Freud’s psychoanalytic writings will be supplemented by his letters as well as by material on the social and cultural history of his times.
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