Spring 2022 - CA 412W E100
Advanced Seminar in Art and Performance Studies (4)
Class Number: 8037
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Thu, 5:30–8:20 p.m.
Prerequisites:Eight upper division units; and one of CA (or FPA) 210W (or 210), 316 (or 337), 318 (or 335), or 357W.
Provides an in-depth investigation of a selected theoretical, historical or thematic topic in art and performance studies. This course requires independent research leading to a substantial paper, as well as directed reading preparation for seminars. Topics will vary from term to term. The course may be repeated four times for credit if the topic is different. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Writing.
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 responses 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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