The Subject of Love

Graduate Courses

CINE 797 - The Subject of Love

ARTH 797
401 |Leo Bersani |T 1:30-4:30pm |VANP FLMCR

Concepts and representations of love in certain philosophical, literary, and psychoanalytic texts, as well as in film and painting, from Plato to Godard.  If love is constituted by the very language used to "describe" it, we could perhaps also argue that the construction of love as a psychic reality is inseparable from the elaboration of particular forms of subjectivity.  To represent and to theorize different modes and objects of human love is, at least implicitly, to propose varying structures of selfhood.  A history of amorous imagery and discourse re-enacts and reformulates the Foucaldian project of tracing the "hermeneutics of subjectivity" in Western culture.  We will be testing this hypothesis first in a few texts from Antiquity (by Plato and Sophocles), and then, primarily, in modern works by Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Henry James, Proust, Duras, Claire Denis, Jarman, Rohmer, and Godard.  With Jarman and Godard, we will also be examining the mimetic and frictional relations between film and painting.

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