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HMS-321 Psychoanalysis and Film

3 Credits

This course examines the ways critics have applied psychoanalytic theory to the study of film and the moving image. Starting with early cinema and the work of classic psychoanalytic theorists including Freud and Klein, the course will move to more contemporary films, as well as more contemporary theorists, including feminist, queer, and anti-racist theorists who use psychoanalytic methods. In the process, students will learn how to read films as social symptoms of the culture and time-period in which they were produced.