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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Fall 2008

AMS 390 • Birth of Psychotherapy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30130 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
GAR 1.134

Course Description

This course will explore themes in the history of psychotherapies (not just psychoanalysis), one of the most important social, cultural, and scientific innovations of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will concentrate on its basic history and accounts of its roots in Western religion, culture and science, and will also consider the literature attempting to gauge the ways in which it has affected modern culture. This will be a readings course, and writing assignments will be geared toward responses to various approaches to the study of psychotherapy as a historical phenomenon, both in Europe and America. A final paper will focus on some aspect of the general topic, and can either be a review of secondary literature on the history or influence of some aspect of therapy or a research paper, especially if sufficient primary materials are easily available. Students will be encouraged to write in areas that are most relevant to their interests, in consultation with me.


Frank, Jerome, Persuasion and Healing (Johns Hopkins University Press; third edition) Freud, Sigmund, The Question of Lay Analysis (Norton) Freud, Sigmund, The Uncanny (Penguin Classics new translation and selection of essays) Heinze, Andrew, Jews and the American Soul (Princeton University Press) James, William, The Varieties of Religious Experience (Least expensive edition) Jung, Carl, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Vintage) Makari, George, Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis (Harper) May, Rollo, Psychology and the Human Dilemma (Norton)


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