R654 Winter 2020 Jung, Doris Day, and Hope
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 27–Feb. 17
Instructor: Karen Wheeless
A popular summer 2019 book title screams “Everything is #@%!ed.” But why are we in this state? This course explores whether popular culture—in the form of movies and music—may be a contributing factor to our collective malaise and misery. This exploration will be framed by psychiatrist Carl Jung’s idea of archetypes, as demonstrated in the films and musical performances of Doris Day. Whether or not one is a fan, there is no question that Doris Day is a sociological phenomenon who remains a symbol of the classic American archetype of energy, optimism, and hope. By exploring brief examples from her films and music and from the many scholarly and popular analyses of these materials, course attendees will be encouraged to consider whether the country might be a more optimistic and hopeful place if we currently had archetypal performers at the top of popular culture who represent hope and optimism.
Karen Wheeless has spent a decade teaching both graduates and undergraduates in organizational behavior, writing, marketing, and IT policy and planning at numerous universities. Prior to teaching, she spent a career as a civil service executive at multiple federal agencies.