CSI 0292 Poetics of the Unconscious: Words and Images

The course offers a sustained engagement with words and images, understood as constructions of the unconscious. We will work with words, images, and words with images. The unconscious is constructed in both psychoanalysis and art-making through associative processes: the convergence and divergence of elements (through repetition, variation, gaps, erasures, and contradictions) create emergent meanings that dissolve into nonsense, paradox, and questions. Students will create a poetics grounded in these processes. While a background in psychoanalysis, creative writing, or the visual arts is not a requirement for this class, those students are welcome. Students will be required to write a poetics based on psychoanalytic texts, create a palimpsest presentation of images and words, and participate in all classroom activities and discussions.