In this class, we’ll explore the phenomenon of obsession-mad, fixated desires: what prompts obsession, why it takes the forms it does, and what it can it tell us about our relation to the things of the world. We’ll start with some psychoanalytic material, particularly Freud and Lacan. Then we’ll turn to literature, film, and art. Works may include the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch, Poe’s “Berenice,” Balzac’s “Eugenie Grandet,” Dostoevski’s “Notes from Underground,” Thomas Bernhard’s “The Old Masters,” Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons,” Scorsesi’s “Taxi Driver,” Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo” -students will be encouraged to come up with their own examples.
The Class: Format: wsp project
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation in discussions, brief written reports, and a final critical project. (Ten pages of writing in all.)
Extra Info: meeting time mornings
Enrollment Preferences: if overenrolled, students will be selected for gender balance, balance of graduating years
Materials/Lab Fee: cost to student $25 for books