This class examines the plays of America’s two most prolific dramatists in conversation with the major theorists of psychoanalysis.  Students will leave this course knowing intimately the works of Eugene O’Neill and Edward Albee, as well as the span of psychoanalytic theory, from Freud to Zizek.  O’Neill plays we read include: Anna Christie, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape, Strange Interlude, Mourning Becomes Electra, Ah, Wilderness!, The Iceman Cometh, Hughie, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Albee plays we read include: The Zoo Story, The American Dream, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, Three Tall Women, The Play About the Baby, and The Goat or Who is Silvia?  We will also read critical works by writers such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Zizek.


4 sh

Course Types

Expression, Literature, Advanced Studies

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