Cracking Up: The Vicissitudes of Funny – A 6-part Film Extension Program
October 2017 – April 2018
Funny is fun, and shared laughter is an experience unto itself, whether in the consulting room or at the movies. Psychoanalysis may help us tease out and inform our understanding of comedy’s meanings and workings: its delights, surprises, intimacies, aggressions and power to move a person and shift a psyche. According to Freud, communication through humour springs spontaneously from the unconscious, transforming hidden forces in its own ways: pleasure is involved; subversion could be in the air. Featuring classic films from the thirties to the present day, this comedy series aims to amuse and to invite psychoanalytic exploration of the depth and range of this most interesting and profoundly playful human capacity—a capacity artfully shaped by the individual subjectivities and sensibilities that created them.
Location: University of Toronto, Northrop Frye Building, Room NF004 (ground floor)
73 Queen’s Park Crescent East M5S 1K7 – building is wheelchair-accessible, call for details
Dates: October 27, November 17, 2017; January 19, February 16, March 23, April 20, 2018
LOCATION: University of Toronto, Northrop Frye building, room TBA
73 Queens Park Cr. E., Toronto, ON