R. Gray

German 390/Comp. Lit. 396/Engl 363/CHID 498/JSIS 488/Lit 298

Freud and the Literary Imagination

Study Questions:

Arthur Schnitzler, Lieutenant Gustl

While reading Lieutenant Gustl, consider the relevance of the following Freudian themes and motifs in the text. Document fitting examples with page number. You do not need to cover ALL the themes, but can choose those that seem most prominent or significant. Be prepared to discuss them in discussion section.

1) Individuals are entirely egocentric:

2) The human psyche is structured around conflict:

3) Dreams, even day-dreams, are wish-fulfillment fantasies:

4) Repression as a central mechanism of our psychic make-up:

5) The associative structure of the unconscious:

6) The impossibility of self-honesty; consciousness as a form of self-deceit:

7) The psyche as a writing machine, a mechanism that organizes thoughts/events into stories:

8) The centrality of sexuality and erotic designs:

9) The therapeutic power of talk, self-expression, confession:

10) The unconscious as absolute memory: