From the ancient Greek and Chinese oracles and Taemong (birth dreams) of Korea to the sofas of Freud and Jung to contemporary Yanomami shamans and Hollywood’s Dreamworks, throughout a vast array of cultures and eras, dreams have been a source of inspiration, healing, and insight. In this course we aim to reconnect with the imaginative power of dreams primarily by writing and interpreting our own, while reading extensively in dream literature.
While composing and sharing our own dreams on a daily basis with foremost attention to dreams as a source for discovery and literary artistic production, we experiment with a variety of compositional, mnemonic, and lucid techniques. Readings and audio-visual texts from writers, theorists, and filmmakers such as Patricia Garfield, Jeremy Seligson, Robert Moss (especially his “six masters of the ‘three only things’”), Joan of Arc, Lucrecia de León, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Wolfgang Pauli, Winston Churchill, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Richard Linklater provide guidance and inspiration.
Loren Goodman holds a B.A. in philosophy from Columbia University, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, Tucson, a Ph.D. in sociology from Kobe University, and a Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is the author of Famous Americans, selected by W.S. Merwin for the 2002 Yale Series of Younger Poets, Suppository Writing (2008), New Products (2010), and Non-Existent Facts (2018). Loren is an Associate Professor of creative writing and English literature at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College in Seoul, Korea, and serves as the UIC Creative Writing Director.
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