LLC4050 - Freud's Vienna
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Leader: Dr Christiane Weller
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)
This unit will examine Freud's writings in the context of Austrian (and German) literature, philosophy, art and architecture at the turn of the century. It will focus on the intellectual life of the urban centres particularly Vienna, cultural criticism, the nascent youth movement and new conceptualizations of corporality and the workings of the psyche. In examining the historical and philosophical underpinnings of Freud's psychoanalysis students will be acquainted with a broad range of texts (Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Beer-Hofmann, Bahr, Kraus, Musil, Mach, Weininger) as well as works of art and architecture (Klimt, Schiele, Loos, Olbrich, Wagner)
Upon successful completion of this subject students will have aquired detailed knowledge of the main features of Austrian (and German) literary and cultural life in Vienna at turn of the 19th to the 20th century. Students will have a good grasp of key texts reflecting the intellectual debates of the period and they should have also developed an acute awareness of the formative historical forces in the late 19th and early 20th century. They will have improved their ability to analyse and interpret key concepts of Freud in light of the literary, philosophical and historical developments of the time and gained experience in relating isolated historical and aesthetic phenomena to a broader historical and theoretical framework.
Essay (5000 words): 60%;
2 hour seminar