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PSY 361 Psychoanalysis of Art International Relations & Political Science Program Fall 2022 Semester CEA & AAU Hybrid - Prague

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PSY 361 Psychoanalysis of Art

PSY 361 Psychoanalysis of Art Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Anglo-American University
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Primary Subject Area: Psychology
Other Subject Area: Art History
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 42


What is Art? What emotions or sensations do you feel when you create? What is the relationship between art, dreams, mourning, phantasy, symbolization, subjectivity, identity, sexuality and the unconscious? This course seeks to introduce the area of overlap between psychoanalysis and art, including the mutual influences, borrowings, and inspirations between these two supposedly separate domains. It includes the psychodynamics of the creative process and what motivates us to do art. It looks at the aesthetic experience, how psychoanalysis can help us understand the powerful phenomenon of being confronted with a work of art, taken in its broadest sense. This leads us to study developments in psychoanalytic aesthetics, explored with various examples from painting, literature and film. Finally, the course looks at the therapeutic aspect of art and at the contemporary clinical practice of art therapy, including experiential art therapy workshops. Previous knowledge of psychoanalysis is not required as this course functions as an introduction to a range of psychoanalytic theories through their application to art.

The course studies the relationship between art and mind including:
- the creative process
- the aesthetic experience
-? introduction to key psychoanalytic theories and concepts
- psychoanalytic criticism of specific works of art
- the psychobiography of individual artists
- developments in psychoanalytic aesthetics, with examples from painting, literature and film
- the therapeutic aspect of art and the clinical practice of art therapy.

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