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Laurence A. Rickels. Prosthetic Doubling and War Neuroses. 2011

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

http://www.egs.edu/, Laurence A. Rickels, literary and media theorist talking about the films "The Surrogates" and "The Universal Soldier" in relation to Freud's "Psychoanalysis and the War Neuroses. In this lecture Laurence A. Rickels discusses the double, Judge Schreber, masturbation, science fiction and mourning in relation to mass murder, prosthetics, robots, the culture industry, crypts, fantasy, adolescence, cyborgs, the peace ego/war ego, family systems theory and technology focusing on PTSD, shell shock and trauma. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2011. Laurence A. Rickels.

Laurence A. Rickels is the Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School (EGS) as well as a professor of Art and Theory at The Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe. Born in Cherokee Iowa in 1954, Rickels received a BA in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Rickels received his Ph.D from Princeton University in German Literature in 1980 and later trained as a psychoanalyst under Lawton Smith earning a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Rickels work extends the project of the Frankfurt School into the 21st century by applying psychoanalytic theory to examine mass media culture, specifically examining the themes of mourning, Nazi Germany, science fiction and technology.

Laurence A. Rickels many books include Aberrations of Mourning (1988), Der unbetrauerbare Tod (1989), The Case of California (1991), The Vampire Lectures (1999), Nazi Psychoanalysis (2002), I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick (2010), and Geprüfte Seelen (2011).

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