What is the course about?
One-day introductory course on psychoanalysis for film interpretation, exploring works by directors including Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. Freudian and Lacanian themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.
Mary Wild is a film lecturer with an academic background in psychoanalytic theory. Her research interests include cinematic representation of identity, the unconscious, mental illness and auteur studies (e.g., Andrei Tarkovsky, Lars von Trier, and Fritz Lang). In addition to teaching at City Lit, Mary is a regular speaker at the Freud Museum and Hackney Picturehouse.
What will we cover?
In this introductory interactive lecture/film course, you will learn to look at cinema in a unique way: by applying psychoanalytic concepts to various cinematic motifs. Techniques will be taught to observe and deconstruct underlying meaning in a broad range of films. Key concepts (e.g., obsessional neurosis, civilisation and its discontents, the uncanny) will be shown as manifested in the unconscious and in wider society.
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 methods to approach cinema in a deep and investigative way
-Discover the work of film directors that represent Freudian themes and motifs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of psychoanalysis will be assumed; an interest film symbolism is desireable.
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check film studies courses under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing on the web - www.citylit.ac.uk.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details