English 384b
P. Gaffney
MW 2:30-4

Advanced Film Seminar: Film and Psychoanalysis

This course will explore the intersection between psychoanalysis and cinema with an aim to understand the context in which each of these fields of cultural production began, and how each has come to influence the other. By first examining those key figures who pioneered psychoanalysis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, we will proceed to investigate the way the rise of film culture responds to psychoanalytic configurations of the gaze, as well as the structure/construction of desire, knowledge, power, self and other. Special emphasis will be placed on Freud's theory of the dream-work, Surrealism, Lacanian theory, and contemporary criticisms of the psychoanalytic approach to film analysis.

The syllabus includes short texts by Paul Hammond, Bruce Fink, Christian Metz, Kaja Silverman, Slavoj Žižek and Gilles Deleuze, as well as films by Man Ray, Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and others.

1 recitation (15 min.)
3 concept analyses (200-250 words)
3 sequence analyses (200-250 words)
1 final essay (10-12 pages)

Pre-requisites: Two 200 level English courses or consent of instructor.

*Course enrollment is limited to 15 students