Spring 2022 - CA 312 E100
Selected Topics in Art and Performance Studies (3)
Class Number: 7848
Delivery Method: In Person
Investigates a selected thematic topic in art and performance studies, for example, postcolonial theory and the arts; perception and embodiment; art activism and resistance; or urban art and culture. This course can be repeated twice for credit if the topic is different.
Are dreams, as Freud suggests, really the “king’s highway” that we can travel to discover the truth of unconscious processes? Or are dreams simply meaningless by-products of neurons randomly firing in the brain? If neither of these, then are dreams messages from the future or missives from another dimension? Perhaps dreams are not things at all, but processes that consolidate memory, motivate artistic work, and leak into waking life? In this seminar, we will explore the art and science of dreaming, not to conclude what dreams are, but to consider what is at stake in paying attention to them. In addition to classical theories of dreams, we will examine contemporary research as well as dreams from non-western cultures. We will also listen to the music of Radiohead and Morton Feldman; view two films—Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon—read S. D. Chrostowska’s The Eyelid; keep nightly dream journals; and, of course, practice lucid dreaming.
- Participation 20%
- Dream journals 10%
- Weekly reading response 30%
- Paper proposal 10%
- Final research essay 30%
- *Subject to change
Texts can be found on Canvas
Chrostowska, S. D. The Eyelid (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2020)
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