B CUSP 118
Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.
The dream and the act of dreaming present themselves at a curious intersection between theology, poetics and science. The dialogue about the aesthetic form-giving structures within the dream constitutes a specific type of cultural knowledge. It is this type of cultural knowledge of the dream that we will trace in this seminar through films, literature and theoretical texts. We will analyze the literary and cultural occurrence of the dream from an anthropological and sociological perspective in relation to questions of foreshadowing and anticipation, healing, initiation, and artistic production. These questions will help us trace the important steps that paved the road to our understanding of the dream today, which reaches beyond its medical and analytical significance. Our discussions will focus on both theoretical and literary texts from classical authors of antiquity to German, Austrian, French and American writers of the 18th- to the 20th century. Additionally, two films from different countries and genres will be on reserve in the library.
Student learning goals
- Gain insight into the historical significance of the phenomena of the dream
- Learn to appreciate the different conceptions of the act of dreaming in Western culture
- Gain a nuanced understanding of the dream as a motif in literary works
- Learn to draw connections between changing cultural knowledge of the dream and its presence in concurrently appearing art forms
- Gain experience giving presentations and leading class discussions
General method of instruction
Lectures, discussion, group work, team projects.
Curiosity and openness.
Class assignments and grading
Individual and team quizzes.
Short quizzes; creative projects; class contributions; attendance.