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

Unit 7: Pleasure

Week 25: What is Pleasure?

Tues April 12 A New Language for SubjectivityFreud, “Two Principles of Mental Functioning” and Beyond the Pleasure Principle (Parts I to IV)
Plenary; think about an example of a work of art that represents pleasure, understood in the broadest sense of the word. Think about what makes it work as a representation/work of art. Be prepared to share it in class.
Thurs April 14 AMThe Limits of PleasureShame (McQueen, 2011); Freud, Civilization and its Discontents (Parts I to III; VI)Meet in Sections; Annotate the Freud using hypothesis. Provide one annotation: either a question about the text or one a comment on it. As usual, aim for a short paragraph/a few sentences.
Thurs Apr 14 PMSeriously, There ARE Limits to PleasureDiscuss Shame and Civilization and its DiscontentsPlenary

Week 26: Visual Pleasure

Tues April 19Images and SpectatorshipWong Kar-wai, In the Mood for Love (2000); Susan Sontag, “Against Interpretation
Meet in sections
Thurs April 21 AMSubjectivity and the BodyGus van Sant, My Own Private Idaho (1991); Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative CinemaPlenary
Thurs Apr 21 PMFilms (continued)Plenary with Breakout Discussions

Week 27: Pleasure and Knowledge

Tues April 26 Mysticism, Language and the BodySong of Songs” [“Song of Solomon” KJV]; Santa Teresa de Avila, Poems; Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (Bernini); Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (Seghers); “Relicario con el corazón de Santa Teresa“; Libro de la vida (Excerpts); “Vivo sin vivir en mi” (nearly untranslatable poem); San Juan de la Cruz, La noche oscura (English 1; English 2)
Plenary; Pick one text, literary or visual, and reflect on how the artisst engages with ideas of pleasure and/or unpleasure. Write 250 words. This is your portfolio piece engaging with unit 7.
Thurs April 28 AMModern MysticsWalt Whitman, “I Sing the Body Electric“; Langston Hughes, “I, Too“; Audre Lorde, ”The Uses of the Erotic”; Gwendolyn Bennet, “SongPlenary
Thurs April 28 PMSecular Knowledge of the SelfSophia Wallace, ”Cliteracy”; Robert Mapplethorpe (Photos); Nina Simone; “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl“; Carmen Maria Machado, “The Husband StitchMeet in Sections