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Teaching Freud

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As one of the first theorists to explore the unconscious fantasies, fears, and desires underlying religious ideas and practices, Freud con be considered one of the grandparents of the field of Religious Studies. Yet his legacy is deeply contested. How can Freud be taught in a climate of critique and controversy? The fourteen contributors to this volume, all recognized scholars of religion and psychoanalysis, describe how they address Freud's contested legacy; they "teach the debates." They go on to describe their...

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Overview

As one of the first theorists to explore the unconscious fantasies, fears, and desires underlying religious ideas and practices, Freud con be considered one of the grandparents of the field of Religious Studies. Yet his legacy is deeply contested. How can Freud be taught in a climate of critique and controversy? The fourteen contributors to this volume, all recognized scholars of religion and psychoanalysis, describe how they address Freud's contested legacy; they "teach the debates." They go on to describe their courses on Freud and religion, their innovative pedagogical practices, and the creative ways they work with resistance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157697
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Jonte-Pace is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development at Santa Clara University. She serves as chair of the Editorial Board of the Religious Studies Review and is the author of Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny, and the Uncanny Mother in Freud's Cultural Texts.

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Introduction: Teaching Freud and Religion 3
I. Institutional and Curricular Contexts: Teaching Freud and Religion in Undergraduate Institutions, Graduate Programs, and Seminaries
1. Teaching Freud in the Language of Our Students: The Case of a Religiously Affiliated Undergraduate Institution 17
2. Freud and/as the Jew in the Multicultural University 34
3. Teaching Freud in the Seminary 46
4. Teaching Freud, Teaching Freud's Values: A Graduate Course 60
II. Teaching Freud as Interpreter of Religious Texts and Practices
5. "Let Him Rejoice in the Roseate Light!": Teaching Psychoanalysis and Mysticism 79
6. Teaching Freud While Interpreting Jesus 100
7. Teaching Freud and Interpreting Augustine's Confessions 121
8. Psychoanalyzing Myth: From Freud to Winnicott 137
III. Teaching the Controversies
9. Rethinking Freud: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Production of Scientific Thought 165
10. Why Do We Have to Read Freud? 178
11. Teaching Freud in Religion and Culture Courses: A Dialogical Approach 195
IV. Teaching the Teachings, Teaching the Practice
12. Teaching the Hindu Tantra with Freud: Transgression as Critical Theory and Mystical Technique 213
13. The Challenge of Teaching Freud: Depth Psychology and Religious Ethics 238
14. Teaching Freud's Teachings 258
Index 271
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