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CINE 594 - Fictions and Frictions of Power

ARTH 594 | COML 594 | ENGL 797
401 | SEM | | R 3:30-6:30pm | FBH 140

A study of various exercises of power, as well as of types of resistance to power in philosophy, literature, and film. Theory of power: Foucault. Power through language (Socratic dialogue). Erotic power (Racine, Andromaque; Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train; “Pauline Réage,”'s Story of O). Social power (Pierre Bourdieu; Mike Leigh, Vera Drake). Resistance to power:  Withdrawal (Polanski's Revulsion; Haynes, Safe); psychic work (the body “scarred” by the real, and the thinking body (Freud, Bollas, Laplanche.)