Paper 3: Application of a Theory: Psychoanalysis
Length = 3- 5 pages
Due printed out on paper, in class Monday, April 22
Having now read a substantial selection from Freud, your task is to select whatever Freudian idea you find is the most interesting and illuminating when turned into a method of reading either John Clare’s poem “I Am” or D. H. Lawrence’s story “The Rocking Horse Winner” and a way to make a particular argument about either one. Be selective in choosing what you find to be the most useful or provocative ideas from psychoanalytic theory, and think about not only what the theory reveals about the literature, but also about what the literature may reveal about the theory. It may be that the poem or story illuminates key issues or shortcomings in the theory and does not work to confirm the truth of the theory. The whole range of Freudian ideas is fair game. Read both the theory and the story with an open mind.
If you finish a draft before it is due you may send it to me as a file and I can offer comments for you to revise and improve it.