Collins Living Learning Center | Ways to Think about Dreaming
L210 | 24976 | Richard Sears


Whatever you dreamed last night, you probably figure it makes no difference
to anybody else. But did you realize that in many cultures dreams are an
important part of people's social existence? This class will study cultures of
dreaming, and in the process examine how we place the boundary between
our inner and outer worlds, our private and public experience. Focusing on
nocturnal dreams (not daydreams or visions), we will sample the literary
tradition of dreams from ancient Mesopotamia to modern sci-fi, and the uses
of dreams in today's fiction, art, and film. We will investigate the importance of
dreams in our social world by creating and analyzing dream fictions.