Affiliated Faculty Topics in Psychoanalysis as Cultural Criticism: The Lord of the Rings

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Emerson College

Affiliated (Part-Time) Faculty Topics in Psychoanalysis as Cultural Criticism: The Lord of the Rings

The Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College is looking to fill a course opening for the Fall 2018 semester. The course is IN 315 Topics in Psychoanalysis as Cultural Criticism: The Lord of the Rings, an upper-level interdisciplinary topics course that applies psychoanalytical thinking to film studies.

For the Fall 2018 term, IN 315 is scheduled to meet once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:45 pm. The course is capped at 25 students, and enrollment is currently full to capacity.

Primary Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks:
The course description reads as follows: IN 315 Topics in Psychoanalysis as Cultural Criticism: The Lord of the Rings examines the well-known literary and cinematic work, The Lord of the Rings, from multiple psychoanalytic stances, and will offer this project as an index case from which to develop principles that will apply psychoanalytic thought to literary criticism. Perspectives will include intrapsychic conflict; the nature of aggression and impulse; the sources of compassion; studies of parent/child attachment and their implications for adult relationships; maturational developmental pathways and modes of personal narrative; the construction of gender; stable versus fractured selfhood; the experience of loss and grief; and the origins of wisdom and the capacity to love. Class work is based on reading and viewing film segments, directed psychoanalytic reading, and role playing as an exercise to deepen and broaden an understanding of the motivations that drive human emotions and behaviors.

Although the course title specifically cites the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the key component of the class is psychoanalytic theory. The successful candidate must have knowledge of the key concepts of psychoanalysis (particularly those mentioned in the course description above) and will be encouraged to revise the syllabus to meet their specific background and expertise, including adding other films to the class discussion if desired.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the college’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research and service that they can contribute to our excellence in this area.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
All interested applicants should immediately forward a cover letter, CV, and evidence of teaching experience to Dean Amy Ansell ([email protected]).

PhD applicants are preferred; advanced graduate students are welcome to apply.

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Posted: 9/7/2018
Application Due: 9/12/2018
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