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Reading Otherwise: Literature, Gender, Psychoanalysis (6 points)


Leader: Dr Rose Lucas

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will provide students with a theoretical framework within which to undertake a psychoanalytic reading of a number of texts, across a number of genres. This will involve consideration of certain key concepts within psychoanalytic theory, accessed primarily through the reading of a number of essays by Freud and Lacan. Psychoanalysis will then be used as a primary lens for reading. This involves the consideration of texts which overtly make use of the ideas and/or methodologies of psychoanalysis- such as Woolf's Mrs Dalloway or poet Anne Sexton's "To Bedlam, and Part Way Back" - in addition to a wider range of differently motivated texts - eg crime fiction or the Hollywood melodrama.

Assessment: Seminar participation: 10% + Class paper (to be subsequently handed in as a 2500 word essay): 50% + In-class Test (1.5 hours): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 Hour seminar per week and occasional 2 hour screening

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