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Sculpture Art658, Hysterical Thinking
Hysteria is defined as a mental illness in which unspeakable ideas manifest as bodily symptoms. Psychoanalysis is dedicated to the project of interpretation: within the psychoanalytic frame, everything is imbued with meaning, both conscious and unconscious, and is therefore open to analysis. In this six week seminar, we will explore different strategies for engaging contemporary artworks, with the hysterical model as a key reference point. Beginning readings in psychoanalytic and semiotic theory will inform our discussions, as certain fundamental concepts structure our approach.
Meets six times for 1.5 credits
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