SHUM 6677

SHUM 6677

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

What is the role of the psyche in revolutionary politics? Can there be social revolution without psychic liberation? This class brings together political theory, intellectual history, and psychoanalysis to survey some of the ways Freud's concepts were taken up by radicals, artists, and writers critiquing the global colonial order. Although many twentieth century analysts used psychoanalytic language to justify a hierarchy of races and civilizations, just as many did the opposite. Analyzing these anticolonial appropriations of Freudian psychoanalysis brings into focus unexpected connections in twentieth century radical politics. Students can expect to discuss figures like Sigmund Freud, André Breton, Wifredo Lam, Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire, Michel Leiris, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Albert Memmi, and Frantz Fanon. For longer description and instructor bio visit the Society for the Humanities website.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: graduate students.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4627GOVT 6575SHUM 4677

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16727 SHUM 6677   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person