Imagination, Memory, and the Sacred

Fall Semester 2016


Course Outline:

I.

INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATIONS

 

Week One

Topics

Readings and Assignments

Readings are due for the day
on which they are listed

 

Aug 30:  Questions, Orientation, Guidelines

 

      Meckel, Hinduism and Psychoanalysis: At the crossroads of Psyche, Culture, and the Religious [BB]

Sept 01: Explanatory-Reductive Approaches

 

 

 

      Pals, Society as Sacred: Emile Durkheim [BB] [SQ1]

           

 

Week Two

Sept 08: Cultural-Interpretive Approaches
 

 

 

      Pals, Religion as Cultural System: Clifford Geertz [BB] [SQ2]

 

Week Three

Sept 13:  Religious-Integrative Approaches

 

      Pals, The Reality of the Sacred: Mircea Eliade [BB] [SQ3]

 

 

 

II.

PSYCHE:

DREAMS AND FAIRY TALES: CLASSICAL PERSPECTIVES


Freud and Classical Psychoanalysis

 

Sept 15:  Classical Psychoanalysis

 

 

      M&B Preface and Introduction [SQ4]

      M&B ch. 1 [SQ5]

 

 

Week Four

Sept 20:  APPROACHES QUIZ
 

 

      Review M&B readings
(preface, intro, ch. 1)

Sept 22:  Freud and Religion
 

 

      Pals, Freud on Religion, from Religion and Personality: Sigmund Freud [BB] [SQ6]

      Freud, A Religious Experience [BB] [SQ7]

 

 

Dream Symbolism

Week five

Sept 27: Dream Interpretation

      Freud, S. On Dreams (1-8) [SQ8]

Sept 29:  (continue)

 

      Freud, S. On Dreams (9-13)

 

Oct 02:
Self Study Assignment 1 due

 

 

 

Bettelheim on Fairytales, Enchantment, and the Inner Lives of Children

Week six

Oct 04: A Pocketful of Magic

 

      Bettelheim, B.  Introduction and Part One, pp. 1-73 [SQ9]

Oct. 06:  (continued)

 

      Bettelheim, B.  Part One, pp. 74-158. [SQ10]

 

 

Week seven

Oct 11: No Class (Fall reading days)

 



Oct 13: (continued)



 

 

 

III.

CULTURE & PSYCHE:

ECSTATIC PRIESTESSES AND HOOK-HANGERS

Obeyesekere on Asceticism and Ecstasy in Sri Lanka

Week eight

Oct 18: Female Ascetics and Hair

      MH Preface, Introduction, Part One[SQ11]

Oct 20: The Dark Night of the Soul

 

      MH, Part Two [SQ12]

 

Week nine

Oct. 25: Myth, Meaning, and Motivation

      MH Part Three [SQ13]

Theoretical Reflections 1 due

`Oct 27: Descent in to the Grave; A Hook Hanger at Kataragama

Video: Kataragama

 

      MH Part Four [SQ14]


 

Week ten

Nov 01: No Class (All Day Advising)

 

 
Self-Study Assignment 2
Due by noon

 

 

 

 

IMAGINATION, REALITY, AND EVERYTHING INBETWEEN

Donald Winnicott

 

Nov 03: Introduction to Winnicott:

False Self Disorder

 

 

 

 

      M&B, ch. 5, pp. 124-133 [SQ15]

 

Read one: [SQ16]

      Winnicott, From dependence towards independence in the development of the individual [BB]

      Winnicott, Ego distortion in terms of true and false self [BB]

 

Week eleven

Nov 08: Transitional Phenomena

 

      Winnicott [P&R], ch. 1, Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena, pp. 1-25. [SQ17]

Nov 10:  Creativity and the Self

 

      Winnicott, [P&R], ch. 6 [SQ18]

 

 

 

 

Week twelve

Nov 15:  Cultural Experience

 

Read one: [SQ19]

       Winnicott, [P&R], ch. 7

       Winnicott, [P&R], ch. 8

 



Wednesday, Nov 16:
Due by Noon: Theoretical Reflections 2.

 

 

Nov 21: No Class

Theoretical Reflections 3

Due by noon
 

 

Week thirteen

Nov 22 & 24: No Class (Thanksgiving Break)

 

 

 

Monday, Nov. 28:
Self-Study Assignment 3
Due by midnight
 

 

 

IV.
CULTURE, PSYCHE, & THE SACRED

 

The Image of God

Week fourteen

Nov. 29: The Birth of the Living God

 

       Rizzuto, Introduction to Birth of the Living God [BB] [SQ20]

       Rizzuto, A God in the Mirror [BB] [SQ21]

 

Dec 01: Rizzuto Continued

 

      Rizzuto, God, My Enemy [BB] [SQ22]

 

Week fifteen

Dec 06: Rizzuto Revisited

       McDargh, The Deep Structure of Religious Representations [BB] [SQ23]

       Rizzuto, God the Enigma [BB] [SQ24]

Dec 08: Religion and Illusion Revisited

 

 

      Pruyser, Forms and Functions of the Imagination in Religion [BB] [SQ25]

 

 

Dec 12:

Self-Study Assignment 4: God and Family

Due by midnight

 

 

 

Dec 15:

Portfolio including
Theoretical Reflections 4
Due by midnight