What is the course about?
A unique opportunity to study cinematic representations of femininity, focusing on the horror genre. Psychoanalytic concepts (hysteria, jouissance, uncanny) will shed light on enigmatic titles including The Entity, Black Swan, Possession, Teeth and The Piano Teacher.
What will we cover?
Barbara Creed’s The Monstrous Feminine; fetishism and voyeurism in cinema; Jacques Lacan’s theory of feminine jouissance; Sigmund Freud’s concept of the uncanny.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Understand the relationship between psychoanalysis and cinema
-Learn film interpretation techniques to approach cinema in a deep and investigative way
-Gain a different perspective that will lead to a more enriched experience of film spectatorship.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of psychoanalysis will be assumed; only an interest film symbolism is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Psychoanalytic terms will be taught in an inclusive, accessible and engaging way with the help of bespoke PowerPoint slides and video montages. Group discussion will be encouraged, and there will be no assignments outside of class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs beyond the enrolment fee. Material for taking notes will suffice for sessions
Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representation of identity, the unconscious, neoliberal economics and auteur studies (e.g., David Lynch, Lars von Trier, and Stanley Kubrick). In addition to teaching at City Lit, Mary is a regular speaker at the Freud Museum and Shoreditch House.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to join one of our one-day film courses on offer this term.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details