Scribner Seminar Program
The Mind's I
Instructor(s): Linda Simon, English
The unconscious is not an object or place or part of the body, but an imaginary construction.
What it is, where it is, what it contains, and how it relates to the conscious self
are questions that have generated vastly different responses from scientists, philosophers,
artists, and writers, who have represented the unconscious in various and colorful
ways: as a repository of memories, as a primal wilderness, as a mysterious archaeological
site, and even as a separate personality. In this seminar, we'll examine writings
about the unconscious to ask questions about human nature, free will, sources of creativity,
and, not least, how one develops a sense of true self.