Instructor: Allen M/W/F 11:15am – 12:10pm
What’s in a dream? This course will explore the ways in which dreams, nightmares, and visions have figured into literature from Homer through Anne Carson. As we study dream or dreamlike episodes in poetry, drama, novels, folktales, Freud, and more, we will discuss questions such as: why do so many cultures interpret dreams as symbolic? In what ways might “dream analysis” intersect with literary analysis? What connects the dreams we experience in sleep with the dreams (imaginative visions) we construct in life and art?