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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASS360 Memory and Dreams 3 cr.


This course explores the intersecting realms of memory and dream. Dreaming is an entirely subjective experience, but how objective is remembering? How do we understand phenomena like post-traumatic or implanted or false memories? How can culture construct our memories–and our forgettings–for us? How can we separate identity from memory and either from forms of fiction? The world of dream: is it meaningful, nonsense, prophetic, usable? This course treats current neuroscience and neuropsychology,  film clips, case histories, fiction, and analytic theory. In preparation for the final project,  students keep a nightly dream journal. The course treats the nature of consciousness and subjectivity, the existence of a coherent self over time, and the creative uses to which memory and dream may be put.

Prerequisites: LALW100, FRSM100

Lecture/Seminar
Culturally Diverse Content
All College Elective