Crowdsourced readings for the Psychoanalysis course

Often my syllabi have a collaborative component to their design. This takes two forms: (1) Their composition comes about through discussions with colleagues & students in person or via social networks, and (2) the contents of the course emphasize, where possible and appropriate, experimental forms of group work. In the case of my Media & Technologies of Psychoanalysis course, such a collaborative emphasis is of special pedagocal import. A premise of the course is that media and archival technologies facilitate distinct forms of memory, knowledge, and sociality. With the arrival of telephone, broadcasting, telegraphy and state postal systems, we not only new ways of knowing ourselves, but also "new selves" come into being. If we take this thesis (that the psyche and our understanding of are artifacts and effects of the tandem operations of humans, society, media machines, archiving mechanisms, communicative dynamics) seriously, it posits new concerns for instruction and analysis alike. Under the gaze of such a media archaeological suppositions, "the self" as autonomous and self-contained and self-directed agent wanes, so too the credibility of an all-knowing educator and analyst directing pupils and patients fades. Hence, my turn toward experimental pedagogies and "collaboration" is also one way of test-driving some of the theories at hand.

To my delight I received enthusiastic responses to my request for feedback on the syllabus. The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts listserv, colleagues Peter Sachs Collopy, Nathan Ensmenger, and Amit Pinchevski, and other interlocutors have stepped to the plate. In one case the biographer of the poet Weldon Kees, James Reidel, helped me locate films and lyrical writings relating to Kees' 1950s work on mental health with Gregory Bateson and Jurgen Ruesch. Thanks to these and other inquries a poem by Kees, a computer program by Joesph Weizenbaum, and some surrealist games played by psychoanalysts & computer programmers have all found their way into my course. With luck some of these materials will facilitate our effort to pry the course away from a narrow hermeneutic and textualist concerns and towards a more experimental work with diverse media & technologies of the mind. 

Anyway, below is a promised expanded list of additional materials suggested by colleagues. In at least a couple instances I pasted suggstions directly into the syllabus, so a few suggestions may be missing from the list below. Thanks to everyone who offered their feedback. I will prepare a complete and final syllabus soon. Oh, and as a bonus, I've attached a PDF of Bernhard Siegert's hard to find essay on psychoanalysis and the telephone entitled "Gehörgänge ins Jenseits-Der telephonische Entzug des Ohres" (an revised version of the 1991 essay "Gehörgänge ins Jenseits: Zur Geschichte der Einrichtung Telephonischer Kommunication in der Psychanalyse."). Enjoy.


Additional Materials

Barison, David, and Daniel Ross. Der Ister, 2004.
Breton, André. Manifestoes of Surrealism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1972.
Breton, André, and Philippe Soupault. Les Champs Magnétiques. Paris: Au Sans Pareil, 1920.
Clough, Patricia. Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
Deleuze, Gilles. “Schizophrenia and Society.” In Two Regimes of Madness: Texts and Interviews, 1975-1995, translated by Ames Hodges and Mike Taormina, 17–28. New York: Semiotext(e), 2006.
Galison, Peter. “Blacked-out Spaces: Freud, Censorship and the Re-territorialization of Mind.” The British Journal for the History of Science 45, Special Issue 2 (2012): 235–266
Guattari, Félix. Chaosmosis: An Ethico-aesthetic Paradigm. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Howard & Emerson (composers),Hello, Ma Baby, 1899. Pop song.
Liu, Lydia. “The Cybernetic Unconscious: Rethinking Lacan, Poe, and French Theory.” Critical Inquiry36, no. 2 (January 2010): 288–320.
———. The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Merrill, James Ingram, J. D. McClatchy, and Stephen Yenser. The Changing Light at Sandover: With the Stage Adaptation Voices from Sandover. New York: Knopf, 2006.
Mulvey, Laura. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Screen16, no. 3 (September 21, 1975): 6–18.
Mumford, Lewis. “The Uprising of Caliban.” In The Myth of the Machine. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1967.
Pinchevski, Amit. “Bartleby’s Autism: Wandering Along Incommunicability.” Cultural Critique78, no. 1 (2011): 27–59.
———. “Displacing Incommunicability: Autism as an Epistemological Boundary.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies2, no. 2 (2005): 163–184.
Reggio, David, and Mauricio Novello. “The Hospital Is Ill: An Interview with Jean Oury.” Radical Philosophy(June 2007): 32–45.
Sloterdijk, Peter. Sphären: Bd. 2. Globen. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999.
Stiegler, Bernard. Technics and Time, 2: Disorientation. Stanford: Stanford, 2009.
———. Taking Care of Youth and the Generations. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2010.
———. Technics and Time, 3: Cinematic Time and the Question of Malaise. Translated by Stephen Barker. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.
———. Technics and Time, Vol. I: The Fault of Epimetheus. Translated by Richard Beardsworth and George Collins. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.
Swan, Jim. “Virilio’s Speed-up, Winnicott’s Hesitation1.” Cordoba, Spain, 2005.
Turkle, Sherry. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. 1st Touchstone ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
———. The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2005.
Väliaho, Pasi. Mapping the Moving Image: Gesture, Thought and Cinema Circa 1900. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009.
Weizenbaum, Joseph. “ELIZA--A Computer Program Fro the Study of Natural Language Communication Between Men and Machines.” Communications of the ACM9 (1966): 36–45.
———. Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1976.
———. “Contextual Understanding by Computers.” Communications of the ACM10, no. 8 (1967): 474–480.
———. ELIZA. Computer program.

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