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The “double” is one of cinema’s most cherished and recycled tropes. Originally popularized in the fantastic literature of Edgar Allen Poe and E. T. A. Hoffman, the double soon migrated to the silver screen. Although initially appearing as a sight gag in slapstick films, the double’s gothic dimension has cemented it as an enduring mainstay of the horror and thriller genres. Drawing on traditional psychoanalytic readings of the double and texts from film theory, this seminar will attempt to account for the popularity of the double in cinema. Please note: This seminar will require participants to view several films. These will be available to watch, rent, or purchase on streaming platforms such as Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play. The instructor will provide links to these films in advance.
Six sessions. Registration – $210
Harrison Sherrod manages a film production company by day and teaches seminars at the Newberry by night. He has led courses on everything from metaphysical detectives and con games to Star Wars and Marxism.
A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.
For the first session, please read The Double by Otto Rank (a digital file of this reading will be sent with the email confirming your registration) and watch The Student of Prague (directed by Stellen Rye) and Sherlock Jr. (directed by Buster Keaton).
Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, June 3.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at email@example.com.
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