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Dismantling Oedipus: Theory and Practice

Live Online & Interactive Seminar

Instructor: Genevieve Sartor, PhD Candidate (Trinity College, Dublin)

Course Description: This course will begin by establishing a concrete understanding of how the concept of Oedipus organizes much of psychoanalytic theory. The first session will focus on Freud’s theory of Oedipus, before turning to how Melanie Klein appropriated it in her work on object relations. In the second session we will look closely at Jacques Lacan’s substantial revision of Oedipus through the Name(s)-of-the-Father, before finishing with Deleuze and Guattari’s critique of psychoanalysis’ use of this model.

Equipped with theory, we will begin to approach the way that the Oedipal operates in contemporary politics, especially the rise of a destructive populist dimension. The third session will focus on the concept of nationalism as a return to a traditional, heavily Oedipal family unit as a response to the negative effects of globalisation. For the fourth and final session, we will turn to how dismantling current political Oedipal frameworks can allow us to consider new social and political forms.

Meeting Times: (Live and Online): Sundays Nov, 26, Dec 2, Dec 9 and Dec 16 at 1pm New York Time (specific time of sessions to be announced)

Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive. You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. Earn 5 GCAS Silver tokens, and receive one Gold GCAS Token plus a free course. 2 Gold GCAS Tokens = 1 Platinum GCAS Token. 1 Platinum Token = 100 GCAS Dollars. GCAS Dollars are for you to use to purchase GCAS books and other goods we'll sell starting in our online bookstore starting January, 2018. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!

To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. Respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response and help create the conversation inside the online classroom. You can also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).

Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.

How to Join:

We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).

Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/)

Sign in with your name.

Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB)

Password: researcher505

Here’s a tutorial for Big Blue Button: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTZvbL1NT4

We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.


Your Instructor


Genevieve Sartor, PhD Candidate
Genevieve Sartor, PhD Candidate

Genevieve Sartor is completing her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, where she teaches. She holds an MScR in Critical Theory from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA (Hons) in Literature and Philosophy from Concordia University, Montreal. Her interdisciplinary doctoral work concerns an archive-based (James) Joycean critique of Jacques Lacan’s late work in conjunction with Gilles Deleuze’s and Felix Guattari’s concept of schizoanalysis. She is editor of James Joyce and Genetic Criticism (Brill 2017), and has publications forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Literature and Deleuze Studies.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction: Nov 26 Sunday Live at 1pm EST (New York Time)
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Frequently Asked Questions


Is this a MOOC?
NO! A MOOC is a "massive open online course" that assumes the participant is passive. Our model is different: We teach and meet-up live and offer interactive courses that allow you to meet others and share your ideas freely.
How do I access the live course?
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB). Just logon: http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas Sign in with your name > Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
When does the course start and finish?
Each course starts when scheduled. Check the schedule and be sure to participate in the live session. If you're not available to participate in the live session, that's ok. We'll record the live session and post it for you to engage when you're able.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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