MDCS40450 Transference and the Interpretation of Desire
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module consists of reading of fundamental texts on transference, on interpretation and on desire. 1) the concept of transference as discovered and illustrated by Freud in his account of his treatment of Dora, an 18 year old hysteric and elaborated on by Jacques Lacan in his commentary – Intervention on Transference 2) the discussion of transference in Lacan’s seminar Book VIII 3) the dialectic of desire and its interpretation as developed by Lacan in his Seminar Book VI and in his graph of desire as developed in The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire. The module will include reference to Lacan’s reading of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as well as his reading of Plato’s Symposium in particular as well as other places in Freudian and Lacanian texts where there is reference to art and literature to illustrate transference and desire.
On completion of this module students should be in a position to: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of transference in relation to the case history of Dora and Lacan’s commentary on the case 2) Demonstrate understanding of the concept of transference as developed in Lacan’s Seminar Book VIII 3) Demonstrate understanding of Lacan’s teaching on the dialectic of unconscious desire. 4) Demonstrate ability to follow literary references by Freud and Lacan to understand psychoanalytic concepts.
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