What is a Child in Psychoanalysis?
Dr. Hagit Aldema
What is infantile sexuality in relation to genital sexuality? Does psychoanalysis assumes a child who lacks naiveté as we would wish him/her to be? Does psychoanalysis assume stages of development from childhood to adulthood or does it refer to another kind of relations between them (an overlap, or a retrospective dependence)?
This course will address these questions through fundamental concepts in psychoanalytic thought, concepts that account for the place of the infant and of infancy in psychical reality. Such are: sexuality, the objects of childhood, fantasy dream and wish, infantile delusions, games and modes of infantile thought. The course will also address meta-psychological debates and will examine the difference between developmental conceptions and structural conceptions of childhood.
Participants are required to be present at the meetings of both lecture and tutorial.
Obligations during the semester include reading of articles and short assignments, and a final paper