Communication and Culture | Media, Culture, and Politics (Topic: Film, Fascism, and Psychoanalysis)
C445 | 26563-26564 | Hawkins, J.

TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, Location: TBA
Required Film Screenings: W, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Honors section (# 26564) open to Hutton Honors College students
only.  All other students should enroll in #26563.

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: Mottier Hall 113
Phone: 855-1548

The period from 1969-1982 saw a large number of European and
American films which attempted to “explain” the Holocaust (the
Shoah) using Freudian psychoanalysis.  In this class, we will look
at a representative sample of these movies and read a lot of Freud,
in an attempt to analyze one particularly rich cultural moment.  The
issue here is not whether Freud was right in his assessment of
neurosis, but rather how his theories were used to provide a kind of
narrative causal logic for the unimaginable systematic barbarism of

Written work will include one short paper, a take-home midterm, a
long paper and a comprehensive final.

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem
Peter Gay, ed, The Freud Reader
Susan Linville, Feminism, Film Fascism
Laurence Rickels, Nazi Psychoanalysis, Vol 11

Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist (France, Italy, W. Germany, 1969)
Vittorio De Sica, Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Italy, W Germany,
Luchino Visconti, The Damned (W Germany/Italy, 1969)
Jay Rosenblatt, Human Remains (USA, 1999 30 min)
Ingmar Bergman, The Serpent’s Egg (Sweden,USA,W Germany, 1977)
Bob Fosse, Cabaret (USA 1972)
Louis Malle, Lacombe Lucien (France, W. Germany, Italy, 1974)
Victor Erice, Spirit of the Beehive (Spain, 1973)
Liliana Cavani, Night Porter (Italy, USA, 1973)
Lina Wertmuller, 7 Beauties (Italy, 1975)
Alain Resnais, Night and Fog (France,1955)
Claude Lanzmann, Shoah excerpts (France, 1985)
David Bradley, They Saved Hitler’s Brain (USA, 1963)
Herbert Ross, The Seven Per Cent Solution (U.K.,USA 1976)
Eyal Silvan, The Specialist:Portrait of a Modern Criminal (Israel,
France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, 1999)
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Hitler: Ein Film aus Deutschland (Germany,
U.K. France, 1978)
Michael Verhoeven, The White Rose (Germany 1982)
Margarethe Von Trotta, Marianne and Julianne (Germany, 1981)