Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
SELECT A WORK THAT INTERESTS YOU. If none of the works below interest you. Review the reading assignment and look for one; then select the work that interests you the most. (You may also select a genre or topic, for instance, dada, cubism, or modernistic art.) Here are the works again: Required Case Studies: Yeats, Second Coming Picasso, Guitarist All Quiet on the Western Front (novel or film) Works, genres or topics in Additional Resources (this is an incomplete list–there is a lot there to explore if you wish): Freud, Civilization and its Discontents Surrealism Duchamp, Nudes Descending a Staircase, No. 2 T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land Breton, The Surrealist Manifesto Dali, The Persistence of Memory Works and topics related to African American art and literature in the late 19th and early 20th century. SECOND: DESCRIBE THE GENERAL CONTEXT OF THE WORK YOU SELECT; USE THE QUESTIONS ‘WHO’, ‘WHAT’, ‘WHEN’, AND ‘WHERE’ AS GUIDES. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ADDRESS EACH QUESTION IN ORDER–NOR DO YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS EVERY QUESTION. GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE GENERAL CONTEXT IN YOUR OWN WORDS. SELECT INFORMATION THAT YOU FEEL IS MOST IMPORTANT. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE TEXT WITHOUT QUOTATION MARKS AND REFERENCES. ALSO IF SOMEONE ELSE HAS ALREADY POSTED ON THE WORK, TRY TO FIND SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT IS NOT MENTIONED. WORK TOGETHER TO FILL OUT A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEXT OF THE WORK. OR ASK A QUESTION ABOUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IF YOU ARE CURIOUS ABOUT SOMETHING. THIRD: 1) Explain why the work interests you. (If the work does not interest you, explain why.) Here try to go into some detail. 2) Then, explain at least one important idea about the “meaning” or “significance” of the work. Explain in as much detail as you can. Explore. Express your ideas and insights. If you are unsure about how to explain the idea, explain what you can and ask a question. FOURTH: Does this work relate to you somehow? Your interests? Your life? Your ideas? Your experience? Give it some thought and share with the class. Or if you have question or questions about the work or a topic related to the work that you would like to research further, explain those questions.