The primary aim of the Psychoanalysis Working Group is to undertake a thorough reading of the central texts of psychoanalytic theory, beginning with a chronological survey of the major works of Sigmund Freud before moving onto responses, criticisms, and developments of this work by German, French, and British psychoanalysts. A major intellectual aim of the Working Group is to map the current position of psychoanalytic thought within the larger disciplines of literary studies and film criticism in an attempt to develop a clearer understanding of the continuing relevance of psychoanalytic theory as a method of cultural and critical analysis. The Working Group seeks to demarcate the role of psychoanalysis as a methodology and understand the ways in which it compliments or complicates other frameworks of interpretation in contemporary thought, such as feminism, queer theory, and political economy.

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