Fall 2018


PSP 760: “Introduction to Psychoanalytic Studies"
W 6:00-9:00 PM, Vico Library in Bowden Hall 

This seminar will introduce students to basic concepts in Freudian theory and then turn to the various schools of thought and techniques that have proliferated in the 100 years since, including ego psychology, object relations theory (both British and French approaches), contemporary relational theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic feminism, and decolonial psychoanalysis. Most sessions will feature guest speakers, about half of whom are practicing analysts and the other half being scholars of the various psychoanalytic schools. Some are both. The goals of the seminar are (1) to introduce students to basic psychoanalytic concepts, (2) to familiarize them with the plurality of approaches that have been developed and employed since Freud, (3) to help them peer into the clinic, that is, the ways in which psychoanalysis is actually practiced, and (4) to help students find and develop their own psychoanalytic point of view. While this is a required course for the certificate in the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, all PhD students in the Laney Graduate School, including those not pursuing the certificate, are welcome. 

Required Texts:

Anthony Elliott, Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction, Third Edition (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black, Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought, updated with a new introduction (New York: Basic Books, 2016).

Other readings available on Canvas or via the PEP archive, a database available through the Emory libraries. For the first meeting, students should read Freud’s Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis in volumes XV and XVI of the Standard Edition. These are rather long, so please give yourself plenty of time.

LAW 715: “Law & the Unconscious Mind"
TTh 12:30-2:00 PM, Gambrell Hall 5B

How can prison be irresistibly alluring, and what does this allure imply for the purposes of punishment? How does the character of the one-time criminal differ from that of the career offender? How does stealing gratify both the wish to be dependent and the wish to be “macho” and aggressive? Why are metaphors of soft, wet dirt (such as slime and scum) commonly used for criminals, and why is this usage not really as negative as it seems? Why might the world be a poorer place without criminals? These are some of the intriguing questions that will be explored in this class. In addition, the course provides a basic understanding of psychoanalysis, including infantile sexuality, the unconscious, and the defense mechanisms, such as denial, repression, undoing, and splitting. The class format will consist of lecture, discussion, movies, and (a few) games.