The Unconscious

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Unconscious

Fall 2020

Taught By: Rachel Greenspan

Section: AX

CRN: 9039

Credits: 4

[Track C] In 1917, Sigmund Freud claimed that the discovery of the unconscious leveled a decisive blow to mankind’s “naïve self-love.” Just as Copernicus displaced the Earth from the center of the universe and Darwin “destroy[ed] man’s supposedly privileged place in creation” by revealing his evolutionary ancestors, the unconscious further undermined humanity’s feeling of omnipotence. Theories of the unconscious have emerged before and since Freud to explain psychological as well as political phenomena that exceed the individual subject’s conscious awareness or control. They inspired modernist literary production around the world and have also been crucial to the development of modern reading practices—that is, strategies of interpreting culture through the analysis of literature, scientific discourse, political movements, legal documents, visual art, and so on. As this course’s central conceptual paradigm, the unconscious will introduce students to a diverse field of interpretive approaches to cultural analysis that includes Marxist, feminist, deconstructive, postcolonial, queer, and critical race theory. [Track C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:17am 12/5/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/2/2020 - 12/16/2020