GHOSTS, DREAMS, AND VISIONS: LITERARY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND
Paula Berggren and Susan Locke
Primary Texts for classroom study
Available in the Baruch College Bookstore and Shakespeare & Co. for student purchase:
Pat Barker, The Ghost Road (1995). Plume paperback.
Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria,
(1900), trans. James Strachey, intro. Philip Rieff
(1963). Collier paperback.
On Dreams (1901), trans. James Strachey,
ed. and intro. Peter Gay. Norton paperback.
Eric Liu, The Accidental Asian (1998). Knopf paperback.
Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600/01). Signet Classic Shakespeare.
Virgil, The Aeneid (19 BC), trans. Allen Mandelbaum. Bantam
To be handed out:
Excerpts from Ueda Akinara, Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Ugetsu Monogatari) (1776), trans. Kengi Hamada. Columbia University Press,
Articles and chapters listed in the syllabus below.
On reserve in the Newman Library:
Videotape of Ugetsu, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (1953).
Tentative Schedule for Classroom Study and Discussion
Overview: The topic and some approaches to viewing it critically
1. Tuesday, 1 February -- Introduction
2. Thursday, 3 February
Calvin Hall, Chapter 1, A Primer of Freudian Psychology (1954); Chapters 1 A Primer of Jungian Psychology (1996); Carl Jung, Chapter 5, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1961); Douglas Davis, Oedipus Redevivus: Freud, Jung, and Psychoanalysis (1995) (handouts)
Focus: Virgil, The Aeneid--The Ancient Western Tradition
3. Tuesday, 8 February
Books I and II
4. Thursday, 10 February
Book IV; Carl Jung, "The Psychological Foundation of Belief in Spirits" (1919)(handout)
Tuesday, 15 February--FRIDAY CLASSES
5. Thursday, 17 February
Books VI and VIII; Hall, Jung, Chapter 6 (handout)
6. Tuesday, 22 February
Focus: More Theories about Dreaming and The Unconscious
7. Thursday, 24 February
Freud, "The Unconscious" (1915); Hall, Chapter 2, Jung (handouts)
8. Tuesday, 29 February
Freud, On Dreams; Jung, "General Aspects of Dream Psychology" (1916) and "On the Nature of Dreams" (1945) (handouts)
9. Thursday, 2 March
Roger Hock, ed. Chapter 2, "Consciousness," from Forty Studies That Changed Psychology, 1999 (handout)
ORAL PRESENTATION: Contemporary understandings of the utility of sleep and dreaming
Focus: Tales of Moonlight and Rain--Asian Traditions
10. Tuesday, 7 March
Selections, Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Ugetsu Monogatari)
11. Thursday, 9 March
Kenzi Mizoguchi, Ugetsu (1953)
Class will be held in Room 1303, 17 Lexington Avenue; this is a film adaptation of the previous day's readings. It runs for
96 minutes; we will steal half an hour from Club Hours this day to begin at 2:00. Please try to arrange your schedule so that we can watch the whole film together.
Focus: Into the Modern World
12. Tuesday, 14 March
Hamlet, Acts I and II
13. Thursday, 16 March
Hamlet, Acts III and IV
14. Tuesday, 21 March
Hamlet, Act V
15. Thursday, 23 March
ORAL PRESENTATION: Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia" (1917), handout
16. Tuesday, 28 March
ORAL PRESENTATION: The Oedipus Complex and psychoanalytic readings of Hamlet, including excerpts, Ernest Jones, Hamlet and Oedipus, and Janet Adelman, "Man and Wife Is One Flesh: Hamlet and the Confrontation with the Maternal Body" (handouts).
Focus: Trauma and Symptom Formation
18. Thursday, 30 March
ORAL PRESENTATION: Chapter 8, Norman Cameron and Joseph F. Rychlak, Personality Development and Psychopathology. 2nd edition. (handout)
18. Tuesday, 4 April
Freud, Dora, Part I, through The First Dream
19. Thursday, 6 April
Freud, Dora, Part I, Second Dream and Postcript
20. Tuesday, 11 April
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Harry A. Wilmer, "The Healing Nightmare: War Dreams of Vietnam Veterans"; Robert Jay Lifton, "Dreaming Well: On Death and History," in Deirdre Barrett, Trauma and Dreams
21. Thursday, 13 April
W. H. R. Rivers,"The Primitive Conception of Death"
ORAL PRESENTATION: World War I Poems by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon (handouts)
22. Tuesday, 18 April
DOCUMENTARY FILM: Barbara Sonneborn, P.O.V.: Regret to Inform (shown on PBS--January 2000); CLASS MEETS IN Room 1313
S P R I N G B R E A K
Focus: Demystification and The Modern World
23. Tuesday, 2 May
Pat Barker, The Ghost Road, Part I
24. Thursday, 4 May
Pat Barker, The Ghost Road, Part II
25. Tuesday, 9 May
Pat Barker, The Ghost Road, Part III
ORAL PRESENTATION: Hallucinations
26. Thursday, 11 May
Eric Liu, The Accidental Asian
27. Tuesday, 16 May
Eric Liu, The Accidental Asian
ORAL PRESENTATION: Culture Shock and Bicultural Identity
28. Thursday, 18 May
Thursday, 25 May 3:30-5:30 FINAL EXAMINATION
Course Requirements and Percentages of Final Grades
--lively class participation, oral presentations, occasional writing exercises, and questions to be completed on the Blackboard Discussion Board (20%)
--three short (2-3 page) essays, each worth 15% (45%)
The first paper will be due on Friday, 3 March.
The second paper will be due on Friday, 31 March.
The third paper will be due Friday, 5 May.
--in-class final examination (20%)
--long-range term assignment: assembly of a coherent portfolio that demonstrates your personal vision of some issue that we discuss together this term. You should decide upon your particular focus by the mid-term. From the first day of classes, prepare for this assignment by keeping a reading journal in which you jot down comments and questions raised by the readings in the syllabus and by extra-classroom observations.
Your final portfolio should include:
these journal entries;
a personal clippings file;
your graded papers (revised and reconsidered if further work has been recommended by instructors);
reflections on readings and events in the city that we do not explicitly consider in the classroom (we will casionally make recommendations).
To bring coherence to your own experience of the semester's work, the portfolio should be introduced by a thoughtful interpretive essay.
The completed work is due on Friday, 19 May (15%)
Paula Berggren Susan Locke
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Thursday, 9:00-10:30; Wednesday, 10-12; and by
after class and by appointment appointment