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2018 Summer
* GLS 318 / ECS 328 (LA)   na, npdf

Vienna: Birthplace of Psychoanalysis, Modernism and World War I

Rubén Gallo


Before 1918, Austria-Hungary was a world power that spread from the Mediterranean to Ukraine, and Vienna was one of the world capitals of art, culture, and intellectual life. This seminar will explore the cultural history of psychoanalysis and its relation to Austrian history. It will feature weekly speakers who will lecture on topics as diverse as the history of communism in Vienna, the place of psychoanalysis in today's world, and the transformation of Austria from a world power into a small landlocked nation that often has thought of itself as a new Switzerland - a neutral country and a buffer between East and West.

Sample reading list:
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
Peter Gay, Freud: A Life for Our Time
Carl Schorske, Fin-de-siècle Vienna
Joseph Roth, The Radetzky March
Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday
Gohar Homayounpour, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will include novels, plays, and books on Austrian history and politics. Each student will write two short papers (5 pages each) and a final research paper (10-15 pages).

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Not open to seniors or graduate students..

Other information:
This class will meet from 6/9/2018 to 7/21/2018. This Global Seminar will be hosted by the Freud Museum, Vienna, and meetings will take place in Berggasse 19, where Freud lived and worked for most of his life. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a German language course that will complement the content of the seminar with conversational tools and an introduction to German-Austrian culture. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10003 S01 TBA        Enrolled:14 Limit:15