This class surveys anthropological theories of the self in combination with perspectives from psychology, dream studies, history, human development, and women’s studies to develop a comparative view of being a person. Students will learn how conceptions of selfhood differ between cultures and what these differences signify about cultural experience. Course readings emphasize the relationship between selfhood and dreaming in a number of societies: Bali, the US, Samoa, Peru, and many more. This course will teach students to analyze their own dreams in order to consider how their own selfhood is shaped by both personal and cultural forces. Schließen
Sample Course Readings:
- Mageo, Jeannette Marie, Ed. 2003 Dreaming and the Self: New Perspectives on Subjectivity, Identity, and Emotion. SUNY Press.
- Sheriff, Robin E. 2017 Dreaming of the Kardashians: Media Content in the Dreams of US College Students. Ethos 45(4): 532-554.