Schedule for LITR 450: Freud and Hitchcock (Fall 2012)

September 6:

Introduction of Students & Course/ Check handouts for your group number and an explanation of the homework tasks: /groups.htm and /hw.htm. Abbreviations are as follows: Electronic Reserves (ER); response on either the weekly Hitchcock film (RsH) or Freud readings (RsF); discussion questions on either the weekly Hitchcock film (DqH) or Freud readings (DqF); no weekly homework for undergraduates (n/a); quotations from the supplementary readings for graduate students (QT). Asterisks (**) indicate that the materials are on reserve at the library. All hyperlinks begin with the same sequence: http://people.emich.edu/acoykenda/450/.

September 11:

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams, **  Ch. II–IV

Background: Films of Alfred Hitchcock,** introduction, Ch. 1

Hitchcock: Spellbound (1945),** if necessary, watch the version available on YouTube

Optional Comparison Film: Samuel Fuller, Shock Corridor (1963) **

**Homework: Group 1 (DqH)

September 13:

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams, ** Ch. V, sect. a

Supplementary Reading: Roland Barthes, “Death of the Author” (ER)

** Homework: Group 2 (RsF); Group 3 (DqF); Group 4 (RsH); Melissa (QT)

September 18:

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams, ** Ch. V, sect. b & d

Criticism: Jonathan Freedman, “From Spellbound to Vertigo” (ER)

Hitchcock: Vertigo (1958) **

Optional Comparison Film: Brian De Palma, Body Double (1984) **

** Homework: Group 2 (DqH)

September 20:

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams, **  Ch. VI, sect. a–c

Optional Background: Films of Alfred Hitchcock, ** Ch. 5

Supplementary Reading: Michel Foucault, “We Other Victorians” (from History of Sexuality)

** Homework: Group 3 (RsF); Group 4 (DqF); Group 5 (RsH); Wayne (QT)

September 25:

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams, **  Ch. VII, sect. a–c

Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train (1951) **

Optional Literature: Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train (1950)

Optional Comparison Film: Anthony Minghella, Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) **

** Homework: Group 3 (DqH)

September 27:

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams, **  Ch. 7, sect. d–f

Criticism: Robert Corber, “Hitchcock’s Washington” (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Jacques Lacan, “Mirror Stage”; Jane Gallop, abridged “Lacan’s ‘Mirror Stage’” (also recommended but optional is Frederic Jameson’s “Imaginary and Symbolic in Lacan”) (ER)

** Homework: Group 4 (RsF); Group 5 (DqF); Group 1 (RsH)

October 2:

Freud: “The ‘Uncanny,’” Part I (ER)

Background: Films of Alfred Hitchcock, Ch. 6**

Hitchcock: Psycho (1960) **

Optional Comparison Film: Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In [La piel que habito] (2011) **

** Homework: Group 4 (DqH)

October 4:

Freud: “The ‘Uncanny,’” Part II (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Robert J. Corber, “Hitchcock through the Looking Glass” (ER)

Optional Literature: E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Sand-Man”(1817) (ER)

** Homework: Group 5 (RsF); Group 1(DqF); Group 2 (RsH); Eliot(QT)

October 9:

Background: Read guidelines on Exam One (e1.htm)

Freud: “Femininity” (ER)

Hitchcock: Rebecca (1940) **

Optional Literature: Daphne du Maurie, Rebecca (1938)

Optional Comparison Film: Michael Curtiz, Mildred Pierce (1945) **

** Homework: Group 5 (DqH)

October 11:

Criticism: Mary Anne Doane, “Femininity as Absence” (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (ER)

** Homework: Group 1 (RsF); Group 2 (DqF); Group 3 (RsH); Rebecca (QT)

October 16:

Section One Review: Bring Two copies of a discussion question based on the readings/films (different materials depending on your group number), and prepare to answer a peer’s question via an in-class response: Group 1 (Interpretation Ch. 2-4 & Spellbound); Group 2 (Vertigo & “Femininity”); Group 3 (Strangers on a Train & “'Uncanny’”); Group 4 (Interpretation Ch. 5 & Psycho); Group 5 (Interpretation Ch. 6–7 & Rebecca).

October 18:

Section One Review Continued

October 23:

* Examination One: Self-designed essay exam tying together Section I materials (see /e1.htm)

October 25:

Freud: Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, vii–45

October 30:

Freud: Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, 45–85

Background: Films of Alfred Hitchcock, ** Ch. 7

Hitchcock: The Birds (1963) **

** Homework: Group 1 (DqH)

November 1:

Freud: Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, 85–112

Criticism: Toril Moi, “Representation of Patriarchy” (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Luce Irigaray, “Psychoanalytic Theory: Another Look” (ER)

** Homework: Groups 2 & 3 (RsF); Group 4 (DqF); Group 5 (RsH); Melissa (QT)

November 6:

Background: Read guidelines on term paper and research presentations (/essay.htm)

Criticism: Elizabeth Cowie, “Rear Window Ethics” (ER)

Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954) **

** Homework: Group 2 & Group 3 (DqH)

November 8:

Freud: Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, xix-xli, 1–16

Criticism: Slavoj ˇi˛ek, excerpt on Rear Window in Looking Awry (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Judith Butler, “Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrix” (ER)

** Homework: Group 4 (RsF); Group 5 (DqF); Group 1 (RsH); Wayne (QT)

November 13:

Freud: Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, 16–66

Hitchcock: Rope (1948) **

Optional Literature: Patrick Hamilton, Rope (1929)

** Homework: Group 4 (DqH)

November 15:

Freud: Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, 66–96

Criticism: Amy Lawrence, “American Shame” (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror (ER)

** Homework: Group 5 (RsF); Group 1 & 3 (DqF); Group 2 (RsH); Eliot(QT)

November 20:

* Essay Proposal Due

Nov. 22–25

NO CLASS: Fall Break

November 27:

Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents, 5–64

Hitchcock: North by Northwest (1959) **

** Homework: Group 5 (DqH)

November 29:

Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents, 64–112

Criticism: Lee Edelman, abridged “Compassion’s Compulsion” (No Future) (ER)

Supplementary Reading: Michael Warner, “Homo-Narcissism” (ER)

** Homework: Group 1 (RsF); Group 2 (DqF); Group 3 & 4 (RsH); Rebecca (QT)

December 4:

Section Review: Bring Two copies of a discussion question based on the readings/films (different materials depending on your group number), and prepare to answer a peer’s question via an in-class response: Group 1 (Dora & The Birds); Group 2 (Three Essays &Rear Window); Group 3 (Three Essays &); Group 4 (Dora & North By Northwest); Group 5 (Civilization &Rope).

December 6:

Section Two Review Continued

December 11:

* Examination Two: Self-designed essay exam tying together Section II materials (see /e2.htm)

December 18: (11:00-12:30)

* Term Paper Due & Research Presentations (/essay.htm). Email your paper to me by class time; if you want commentary on your paper, bring a hard copy, together with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to class so that I can return it to you.