(Tuesdays, 7-9pm, June 12, 2012)
at Building on Bond
Enrollment is limited and includes a free copy of Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams!
Freud’s biographers and commentators often note that we all ‘speak Freud’ today, whether we like it or not. But how did we come to speak Freud, and do we do so well or badly? In examining these questions, this class returns to two of Freud’s most pivotal texts: Studies on Hysteria and the magisterial Interpretation of Dreams. How did the so-called ‘talking cure’ come into being? What is the unconscious and what are its implications for understanding human subjectivity? How do Freud’s ‘readings’ of the texts of dreams and sick bodies relate to theories of textual interpretation? What constitutes the practice of psychoanalysis? Why and how is Freud relevant in the contemporary world?
NB: This is *by no means* a therapy session, but students are encouraged (although certainly not required) to keep a dream-journal throughout the course of the class.
6 Sessions over 6 Weeks
Abby Kluchin holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in philosophy of religion from Columbia University and a B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College. She taught for several years in Columbia’s Core Curriculum and is presently an adjunct member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union. Abby specializes in Continental philosophy, with emphases in poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. Her current research focuses on the category of affect and the often neglected affective dimension of reading and writing, particularly in the realm of philosophical discourse. Abby is also a compulsive reader of Victorian novels and science fiction. You can follow her on Twitter @counter_factual