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Instructor Info:Mary Russo
Office Extension x5618
TA Info:Derek Pyle
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 4
Description: This course examines the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature by focusing on Freud's concept of the "uncanny" as it appears in his famous essay of the same name, and as it emerges in literary examples in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Freud himself drew on the work of E.T.A. Hoffman, whose "Sandman" features mysterious strangers, a mechanical doll, family romance, and madness. In the course of the semester, literary texts may include Hoffman's story, "The Sandman," Dostoevsky's The Double, E.A. Poe's Collected Stories. Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw" and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. In addition, we will examine the aesthetic categories related to the uncanny, such as the grotesque, the horrific and the abject and trace the development of genres like the gothic and the ghost story in literature and film.