Comparative Literature | Film, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis
C400 | 25194 | Prof. E. Peretz

CMLT-C 400/25194
Studies in Comparative Lit: Film, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis

Prof. E. Peretz	     MW 4:00-5:15

Course Description:
The 20th century saw an unprecedented critical investigation of
vision. The nature of this investigation was threefold: it
criticized the traditional/ philosophical privileging of vision as a
model for the human’s relation to the world; it analyzed the
conceptual procedures that brought about this philosophical
construction of the eye and of vision; and finally, it attempted to
inaugurate a new kind of vision that would liberate the eye from its
domination by the traditional philosophical schemes. Nowhere more
than in the art of film was such an investigation undertaken more
rigorously.  This course aims both to introduce students to key
theoretical texts posing vision as a problem as well as approach
film itself as a philosophical investigation of vision. Film’s
enactment of vision, the course will show, involves an attempt to
bring about a new kind of eye—a wounded or passionate eye—that would
replace the sovereign gaze or master eye characterizing traditional
philosophical vision. We will study several filmmakers from
Eisenstein to Kubrick but will privilege two directors—Alfred
Hitchcock and Brian De Palma—as rigorously pursuing cinema’s
potential to interrogate vision and developing all aspects of film
grammar around this interrogation.

Readings include: Plato, Heidegger, Freud, Lacan, Deleuze, Merleau-

Viewing include: films by Hitchcock, De Palma, Kubrick, Welles

*Meets with CMLT-C 602*
*This class meets A&H requirements*