Modules on Psychoanalysis

THE MODULES in this section center around the psychoanalysts that have defined this critical school. If you know nothing about psychoanalysis, I would suggest that you begin with Sigmund Freud, since he is the founder of this particular theoretical approach, and then follow with Lacan, then Kristeva. Each critic tends to rethink and revise the ideas of the critic that came before him or her, so it is helpful to know what each is reacting against or building on.

The Modules are designed to work aggregatively, so that each subsequent module tends to build on the concepts discussed in the previous modules; however, each is also designed to stand alone, and will sometimes be hyperlinked in other sections of the Guide to Theory. In this way, the modules seek to rethink the way most text-based introductions work. Like a text-based introduction, the modules can work progressively, as if one were thus turning the pages in a book. However, the structure is actually more akin to Deleuze and Guattari's notion of the rhizome: endlessly aggregative (at least in theory) and connected to each other and to the rest of the site by multiple additional links. One can therefore progress through the modules in alternate ways; in the psychoanalysis modules, for example, one can concentrate on a single concept, psychosexual development, exploring how Freud, Lacan, and Kristeva each differ in significant ways when it comes to this issue. One can also explore connections between the modules on psychonalysis and those found in other locations in this site. The Freud module on transference and trauma, for example, is logically and actively linked to the Narratology module on Peter Brooks, allowing the user to think about the connections between psychoanalysis and narrative theory.

The Modules for Psychoanalysis are on the left of this screen. If you place your cursor on one of the categories, the module sub-categories for each theorist will appear as a link. (Note that some browsers require you to double-click on the link.)

Work on these Modules has been supported by IHETS/IPSE (the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System and the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education) and their Module and Course Development Program.


Proper Citation of this Page:

Felluga, Dino. "Modules on Psychoanalysis." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Date of last update, which you can find on the home page. Purdue U. Date you accessed the site. <>.








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