MADLY IN LOVE: A Psychoanalytic Examination of Passion in Literature

Course Description: 
Where did we get the notion that “love hurts?” The swooning swain, Dido impaling herself on Aeneas’s sword, the delirious madness of Sappho’s inflamed imagination, Plato’s connection of love with the world of eternal forms, the highly refined posturing of the medieval knights being “tried” before the bench in Eleanor of Aquitane’s “court of love,” Snow White’s long sleep, the short incandescence of Romeo and Juliet: these and other texts will carry us through an examination of the torture and bliss of love and other extreme mental states. This course will develop the capacity to use psychoanalysis as a way of interpreting works of the literary imagination. We will use insights from psychoanalytic theory and practice to deepen our understanding of the works themselves, and as an aid to discovering why we like what we like.  
Also, because of the small number of people any one analyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist can treat, group clinical discussion is a foundational learning modality and necessary form of extending one’s own clinical experience. This course features required readings and clinical case discussion, which gives students a chance to get input on challenging cases, continue with their didactic education, thereby developing a deeper psychoanalytic identity.  



Session One: June 23, 2017


Review of Course Outline

Sappho. Sappho: A New Translation


Session Two: July 21, 2017

Plato. The Symposium and the Phaedrus


Session Three: September 22, 2017

The Romance of Tristan and Isolt


Session Four: October 20, 2017

Malory. Le Morte D’Arthur


Session Five: November 17, 2016  

Dante. The Inferno


Session Six: December 8, 2017

Snow White


Session Seven: January 26, 2018

Shakespeare. “Romeo and Juliet”


Session Eight: February 23, 2018

Freud. Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria


Session Nine: March 23, 2018

Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby


Session Ten: April 20, 2018

Márquez. Love in the Time of Cholera

Closing Remarks

Distribution of Certificates of Completion and CME Certificates


Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, April 20, 2018 - 8:30pm



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