Image of Meret Oppenheim's "Object" *1936). A teacup and spoon covered in fur.

Unit 7: Pleasure

Week 25: What is Pleasure?

Tues April 5A New Language for SubjectivityFreud, “Two Principles of Mental Functioning” and Three Essays on Sexuality (excerpts)
Thurs April 7 AM The Limits of PleasureFreud, Beyond the Pleasure PrinciplePlenary
Thurs April 7 PMSeriously, There ARE Limits to PleasureI Am Love (Io sono l’amore, Guadagnino, 2009)Meet in Sections

Week 26: Pleasure, Power and Perversion

Tues April 12Pornography and PowerJ.G. Ballard, Crash

Meet in sections
Thurs April 12 AM Subjectivity and the BodyMarquis de Sade, 120 Days of Sodom (excerpts); “Philosophy in the Bedroom”Plenary
Thurs April 12 PMThe Limits of Self-MasteryJ.G. Ballard, Crash (continued)Plenary with Breakout Discussions

Week 27: Pleasure and Knowledge

Tues April 19Mysticism, Language and the Body“Song of Songs”; Santa Teresa de Avila, Poems; San Juan de la Cruz, Poems
Thurs April 21 AM Modern MysticsWalt Whitman, “Song of Myself”; Robert Maplethorpe, PhotographsMeet in Sections
Thurs April 21 PMSecular Knowledge of the SelfJames Baldwin, Giovanni’s RoomPlenary and Breakout Discussions