Like art, dreams both require and resist interpretation. In this class, we will consider a wide range of texts, including ancient oneirocritica, medieval dream visions, and psychoanalytic and anthropological case studies, before moving on to modern and contemporary attempts to capture the “underside of consciousness” that dream represents through examples drawn from fiction, drama, poetry and film. Along the way, we’ll uncover competing understandings of dream, trace the function of dream as a literary device, and ask what different media uncover and conceal about the dream’s form of thinking. This course is designed to immerse you in the strategies of textual interpretation while fostering an openness between creativity and analysis.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: four 5-page papers, as well as informal writing assignments; thoughtful and engaged participation in discussions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: WI: This course is a writing-intensive class