The Art and Practice of Impersonality (EM or LA)

Subject associations
COM 456 / ENG 465 / SPA 456
Fall 2023
Maria A. DiBattista
Xita Rubert Castro
Registrar description

The demand to be yourself permeates many aspects of our culture. Identity has become a contemporary dogma of sorts. In this course, we will question this be-yourself mantra, and focus on what is most deeply human: attention and engagement with everything outside the self. Instead of identity, then, we will focus on impersonality, a concept explored and adopted by many artists, thinkers, and doctors to explain the point of their practice: becoming the other through fiction, observation, or empathy, and aiming towards something beyond the self's limited experience.