The Psychoanalysis Reading Group
The Psychoanalysis Reading Group is a forum where graduate students and faculty can gather to discuss recent research in the context of the history of analysis, as theory and practice. The group discusses a wide range of works: from founding texts, to canonical and non-canonical historical developments throughout the 20th and 21st century, to the major issues of current debates. At each session, a faculty member proposes a text related to her or his research, introduces it and leads the discussion.
2014/15 - FALL SEMESTER
1. Avraham Rot (Humanities - Johns Hopkins, PhD Candidate)
Monday 9/22/14, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 09/17)
"On Anxiety and Boredom in Freud and Heidegger"
Sigmund Freud. Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Psychoanalyse [Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis], Lecture 25: "Anxiety", 1917
—. Hemmung, Symptom und Angst [Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety], 1926
2. John Borneman (Anthropology)
Monday 10/13/14, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 10/08)
"Talking, Dreaming, and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalytic Practice"
Ogden, Thomas H. “On talking as dreaming”. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 88, 2007: 575-89
3. Susan Sugarman (Psychology)
Monday 11/3/14, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 10/29)
"On Freud's Theory of Mind: Reductive or Axiomatic? The General Theory as Seen Through His Discourse on the Pleasure Princple"
Sigmund Freud. "Formulierungen über die zwei Prinzipien des psychischen Geschehens". [Formulations on two Principles in Mental Functioning], 1911
—. Die Traumdeutung [The Interpretation of Dreams], 1899. Two paragraphs in the middle of Section C, Chapter VII, starting from "There can be no doubt that [the mental] apparatus has only reached its present perfection after a long period of development..."
—. Jenseits des Lustprinzips [Beyond the Pleasure Principle], 1920
—. [The Economic Problem in Masochism], 1924. Introduction
4. Anthony Vidler (Architecture - The Cooper Union)
Monday 11/17/14, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 11/12)
"The Architectural Uncanny"
Sigmund Freud. Das Unheimliche [The Uncanny], 1909.
Jacques Lacan on Anxiété [Anxiety], Session VI, 1962-63.
Anthony Vidler. "The Architecture of the Uncanny: The Unhomely Houses of the Romantic Sublime", Assemblage, n. 3, July 1987, pp. 6-29.
Jacques Derrida. "Freud et la scène de l'écriture". L'écriture et la différence ["Freud and the Scene of Writing". Writing and Difference], 1967.
—. Mal d'Archive: Une Impression Freudienne [Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression], 1996.
5. Rachel Bowlby (Comparative Literature)
Monday 12/8/14, 5.30 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 12/3)
"Freud on 'Family Romances'"
Sigmund Freud. Der Familienroman der Neurotiker, 1909. [Family Romances, Standard Edition IX: 237-41].
2014/15 - SPRING SEMESTER
6. Spyros Papapetros (Architecture)
Monday 2/16/15, 5 pm. McCosh 40
"Freud, Dora, and Dream Space"
Sigmund Freud, "Fragment from an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria", 1905. Excerpts: p. 64-93 (first dream) and p. 94-111 (second dream), Standard Edition.
7. Anne Cheng (English)
Monday 3/23/15, 5 pm. McCosh 40
"Race, Shine, and Surfaces"
Sigmund Freud, "Fetichism", 1927.
Jacques Lacan, "The Split Between the Eye and the Gaze", and "The Line and Light", from The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis", trans. Alan Sheridan. New York: Norton, 1978.
8. Brigid Doherty (Art & Archaeology / German)
Monday 4/13/15, 5 pm. McCosh 40
"Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933)"
9. Katja Guenther (History of Science)
Monday 5/4/15, 5p pm. McCosh 40
"Jacques Lacan's mirror stage in a historical perspective"