Love and Other Technologies

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Love and Other Technologies

Spring 2020

Taught By: Dominic Pettman

Section: A

CRN: 7422

Credits: 4

This course explores the possibility that “love” – defined as an ever-evolving key cultural discourse – may in fact be a communications medium, or form of technology. The seminar introduces traditional models of what love is (informed primarily by the heterosexual masculinist imaginary), and how it functions - whether considered by critics as a cultural code, an image repertoire, an unspoken contract, or an instrumental strategy. We then explore new iterations of intimacy in the digital age, which reject, complicate, or refine the established protocols of love. We shall focus on the ways that different media (novels, films, social media, etc.) shape the way people learn to fall in love; and how they behave once they are in this exulted, exceptional, technically-supported state. As such, students should complete this course with a very different view of not only love, but also “technology.”

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 12:01pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/11/2020