Los Angeles/Southern California Joint Psychoanalytic Institute
Fall 2004

Bibliography: Early Feud II: Freud on Lust and Love
Course #102

Nov. 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

INSTRUCTORS: Harry Brickman, M.D and Thomas M. Brod, M.D.


The purpose of this seminar is to survey the concepts and clinical techniques Sigmund Freud contributed to the mental sciences and to the project of understanding the culture and ourselves. Specifically in this seminar will we focus on Freud’s groundbreaking work on sexuality. Much of our attention will be on Freud’s classic case Dora and the parallel theoretical classic, The Three Essays on Sexuality. There are different and changing Freuds in a half century of theoretical and clinical development. You will derive the most from the seminar work if you keep up with the reading and bring along copies of the papers to be discussed.

Do not be overwhelmed by the amount of reading. A psychoanalytic education is forever, The assumptions are that these reading lists are to lay out the configurations of the scholarship and that you will be studying as long as you are active psychoanalytic clinicians.

To familiarize you with two of Freud’s great pieces so as:
To trace Freud’s early thinking on lust and love as evidenced in his two classic papers, Dora and the Three Essays
To identify how Freud’s ideas on lust and love influenced his technique
To be able to trace Freud’s ideas on the development of mature genital sexuality
To understand how lust and love are viewed within classic psychoanalytic thought
To place and trace the paradigm shift of Freud’s revolutionary writings in their cultural context To use Freud’s example of critical thinking to both value and distrust received “Freudian” knowledge.

Freud’s pre-1900, pre-psychoanalytic work, including the relation of sexuality and psychopathology; and the Interpretation of dreams, including the topographic model of the mind presented in that book.

This course will be conducted as a post-graduate level reading seminar.

REQUIREMENTS: The requirements for successful completion of this course are: familiarity with all assigned readings; regular attendance at class meetings; and active and constructive participation in class discussion.

COMPONENTS OF CANDIDATE EVALUATION: 1/3 preparation of assigned readings; 1/3 active and constructive participation in discussion of material; 1/3 conceptual mastery of the material presented in the readings.

Seminar I: November 17, 2004

Cases are best read in their entirety, at least on a first pass. The object here is to gain a sense of the case and of the clinical data related to the theories of sex and love that are being considered. Today’s reading is important because among other things it sets the stage for our continued discussion of the Dora case in particular and lust and love in general.

Freud (1905 [1901]): “Fragment of An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.” SE 7: 3-111

Seminar II: November 24, 2004

Freud (1905 [1901]) Postcripts to “Fragment of An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria,” SE 7, Pgs. 112-122.

Deutsch, F. (1957) “A Footnote to Freud’s ‘Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria,’” Psychoanalytic Quarterly: 26: 159-167.

Erikson, Erik (1964) “Psychological Reality and Historical Actuality,” in Insight and Responsibility (N.Y.: Norton), pp. 166-174

Gill Merton (1978) Transference in the Dora Case. JAPA 26, pp.311-328

Flax, J (1990) Thinking fragments: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Postmodernism in the Contemporary West. Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press: pp.47-56

Loewenberg, (1996) “Austro-Marxism and Revolution: Otto Bauer, Freud’s ‘Dora’ Case, and the Crises of the First Austrian Republic.” In Loewenberg, Decoding the Past: The Psychohistorical Approach, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick (USA). Pgs. 188-200.
Marcus, Steven (1974) Freud and Dora, Partisan Review, 41:1, pp. 56-91. A Freud case treated as literary text.

Seminar III: December 1, 2004

In the Three Essays Freud states that “…the impulses of sexual life are among those which, even normally, are the least controlled by the higher activities of the mind.” The conflict between these impulses and the “higher activities,” along with the idea of the unconscious, is the foundation of Freud’s entire theory of the mind and psychopathology, In these essays he diffracts mature genital sexuality into its components, traces their normal developmental synthesis, and begins to address the impact of gender.

Freud (1905) Three Essays: I: The Sexual Aberrations. SE 7: 125-172.

Freud (1906) My views on the part played by sexuality in the aetiology of Neuroses. SE 7: 271-279.

Freud (1898) Sexuality in the aetiology of the neuroses. SE 3: 259-285.

Seminar IV: December 8. 2004

Freud (1905) Three Essays II: Infantile Sexuality. SE y: 173-206.

Freud ((1908) On the sexual theories of children. SE 9: 205-226.

Flax, J (1990) Thinking Fragments: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Postmodernism in the Contemporary West. Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press: pp.56-88

Masson J (1985) The Assault on Truth Ch 4: 107-145

Ferenczi S (1949) Confusion of the Tongues Between the Adults and the Child. Int J Psycho-anal, 30:225-230

Seminar V: December 15. 2004

Later work in “sexual aberrations” and on the development of standard heterosexual, adult object patterns often overlooks the third of the three essays, in which Freud emphasizes clearly the not everything is determined by age 5. Family romances take us closer to the more purely psychological area.

Freud (1905) Three Essays III: The Transformations of puberty. SE 7: 207-243.
Freud (1909) Family Romances. SE 9: 235-241.
Flax, J (1990) Thinking Fragments: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Postmodernism in the Contemporary West. Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press: pp.56-88

Seminar VI: December 22, 2004

Freud (1908) Character and anal eroticism. SE 9: 167-175.

Freud (1910) Contributions to the Psychology of Love: I. A special type of object choice made by men. SE 11: 163-175.

Freud (1912) Contributions to the Psychology of Love: II. On the universal tendency to debasement in the sphere of love. SE 11: 177-190.

Freud (1908) ‘Civilized’ Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Illness. SE 9: 181- 204. A profoundly revolutionary Ibsenian piece of culture criticism of marriage and monogamy and abstinence.

Stoller R (1976) “Sexual Excitement” Arch Gen Psychiatry 33:899-909 An academic encounter with the place of hostility in sexual excitement in Stoller’s unique style.

Perel E (2003) “In Search of Erotic Intelligence”, Utne Reader Sept-Oct 67-70

Kernberg O (1995) Love Relations, ch 1, 2 1-31. A great contemporary revisiting of the issues of sexual excitement, erotic desire, and the dangers of emotional closeness.


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