Literature and Psychoanalysis (LIT 540)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Sibel Irzık,
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Doctoral, Master
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The course focuses on the critical evaluation of of the impact of psychoanalytic discourses on literature and literary studies and vice versa. Basic concepts of psychoanalytic theory and criticism will be covered with reference to the writings of Freud and Lacan, as well as to the later interventions by such theorists as Derrida, Zizek, Deleuze and Guattari. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in the textual analysis of a range of literary and psychoanalytic works, considering them as distinct ways of talking about desire, fantasy, memory, madness, and the unconscious.


To teach the basic concepts and structure of psychoanalytic theory and to provide an understanding of how psychoanalysis and literature inform and influence each other.


At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental psychoanalytical concepts and key psychoanalytic texts bearing upon literature,
2. Distinguish between different kinds of psychoanalytic readings of literary works,
3. Discuss the central critical objections to psychoanalytic literary theory,
4. Demonstrate an understanding of how psychoanalysis and literature are involved with one another,
5. Discuss a specific literary text in the light of psychoanalytic literary theory.



Sigmund Freud, Writings on Art and Literature
Elizabeth Wright, Psychoanalytic Criticism
Steve Vine, ed., Literature in Psychoanalysis
Deleuze & Guattari, from Anti-Oedipus
Lacan, selected articles
Zizek, selected articles
short stories by Kafka, E. T. A. Hoffman, E. A. Poe, H. James, and others