A short video excerpt from Tom Huhn’s Theories of Imitation class

When I was gathering material for my recent announcement of the VCS Art in the First Person lectures, I also noticed this on our Vimeo page; it’s a brief video taken last year during Department Chair Tom Huhn’s Theories of Imitation class. The topic under consideration is Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud. I thought it would make a good companion piece to the lecture and panel discussion videos featured in the other post.

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Here’s a description of the class from the SVA 2014-2015 undergraduate course catalog (which you can download in PDF format via this link):

VCD-3020 Theories of Imitation

A historical and philosophical examination of various ways in which theories of imitation have considered visual and textual imitations is the focus of this course. Readings will include: Plato, The Republic (excerpts); Denis Diderot, The Paradox of Acting; J. J. Winckelmann, Reflections on the Imitation of Greek Works; Erich Auerbach, Figura; David Summers, The Judgment of Sense (excerpt); Oscar Wilde, Decay of Lying; Harold Bloom, Necessity of Misreading; Rene Girard, To Double Business Bound (excerpt); Paul Ricoeur, Mimesis and Representation; Jacques Derrida, Economimesis.

Enjoy the video. I’ll be back in a couple days with more information about the first VCS-sponsored Art in the First Person lecture, which will take place next week.

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