Projecting Desire: Sex, Psychoanalysis and Cinema – Part 1
Conference audio recordings: Part 1
Projecting Desire: Sex, Psychoanalysis and Cinema – Part 2
Conference audio recordings: Part 2
Saturdays 5 June – 10 July 2010
Combining film, literary and psychoanalytic theory, this six-week course explores the fascinating theoretical connections within the work of Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Stanley Kubrick. Honing in on Kubricks controversial last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – adapted from Schnitzlers novella Dream Story (1926), which in turn can be traced back to Freuds The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) – we will consider how successfully cinema has depicted the dynamics of desire, dreams and fantasy.
Classes will begin with a short introductory lecture on the main themes of the week, with class discussion – in small break-out groups and as a whole – forming the majority of each session. Eyes Wide Shut will be screened as part of an extended first session, and the course will also include a session led by the films executive producer, Jan Harlan, as well as visits to Tate Moderns Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera exhibition and to the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London. No prior knowledge is needed.
In order to make the most of this innovative, multi-disciplinary exploration of some of the twentieth centurys most fascinating ideas, participants will be expected to read Schnitzlers Dream Story and sections of Freudian theory. Additional material and suggested reading will be handed out in class in advance of each session. The class will also be encouraged to consider the courses written and visual material alongside the artworks in Tate Moderns collection.