Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Fall 2019

Taught By: Genevieve Yue

Section: AX

CRN: 7433

Credits: 4

Perhaps no film expresses as much about cinematic desire as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). Though a commercial and critical flop upon its release, Vertigohas beguiled audiences, critics, artists, and scholars in the decades since. This course maintains a sustained view of this elusive film, itself a story that occurs in the gap between what we see and what we imagine we see. Along the way, students will work through various interpretations of the film from feminist film theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and aesthetics; examine its many sources (Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s From Among the Dead, Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” and various other Hitchcock films); and watch films and artworks that follow the trajectory of the film’s interminable spiral motif (Lou Ye, Brian De Palma, David Lynch, Mary Helena Clark, Chris Marker, Cindy Bernard, David Reed). [Track S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 10:10am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 8/30/2019 - 12/13/2019