The purpose of this formal CFUA assignment is to enable you to learn how the theory of psychoanalysis addresses the theory of anamorphosis. Dylan Trigg’s essay does not use the term anamorphosis, but he definitely uses its concepts. More importantly, my English 101 course is highly interdisciplinary and introduces you to a range of philosophical problems, etc.. And learning to write a paper wherein you will have to produce some kind of philosophical writing requires careful and extended reflection. So, to do this, the purpose of this discussion is to enable you to learn the pre-writing process needed to do well on the anamorphosis paper that will be due in late March. The anamorphosis paper we are preparing for cannot be done effectively if you wait until two or three nights before the paper is due to begin. Writing a good paper takes a great deal of preparation, which this current CFUA is all about, and it is the second step in our journey to prepare for the anamorphosis paper. First things first, though.
Intro to Dylan Trigg
You will be asked to summarize the information below in 100 words.
The Dylan Trigg reading and writing assignment consists of 4 steps; each step has its own function and should be completed in numerical order; do not skip ahead, in other words. With this in mind, I want to flag something important for everyone before you start step 1. In step 4 you will read Dylan Trigg’s “The Psychoanalysis of Ruins.” Before we dive in, though, please be mindful that I designed steps 1-3 to help you to gain the confidence and tools needed to enrich and broaden your interpretation of Trigg’s essay, “The Psychoanalysis of Ruins,” which you will read in step 4. Please do not give up when sections of the reading get difficult; it’s perfectly okay to feel confused, frustrated, and not get the information or Trigg’s purpose immediately. Take Trigg’s essay paragraph by paragraph. Cool? Finally, it might be helpful to preview it, first: read the introductory paragraphs and then read the conclusion and go from there.
With the above in mind, let’s begin with an overview of Dylan Trigg’s work. Trigg has tasked himself with an essay, an essay that comes from a broader context and scholarly project, in which he:
[W]ants to assess the future of the ruin. To answer the question, you will be required to ask what ought to be done with the ruin as a physical structure. If reason centers around a progressive march toward the permanent, then the ethical approach of restoration or conservation must be held in question, as such an ethic would entail an outright suppression of the ruin’s essence. With each stage of manipulation the ruin undergoes, it gradually distances itself from its original inception until it is rendered an artifact, the significance of which is entirely negated (223).
Trigg continues to write that:
The future of the ruin can only be spoken of in terms of it actively disintegrating. The decline of the ruin occurs when the ruin becomes an artifact. Ruins might well be thought of as living organisms embodying notions of progress, forgetfulness, and reclamation. We too must learn to forget the ruins themselves, not undermining their memory by striving to immortalize them as museum pieces of a given age but delighting in the possibility of the memory becoming indeterminate, and thus endless. In a culture that has dispensed with the idea of reason providing the pathway to a golden future, stipulated upon the resurrection of an equally golden past, no space remains for prolonged nostalgia. Nostalgia presupposes something that is fundamentally incompatible with the [study] of decline: namely, that there can be a home- coming whereof the home is absent (249).
Anselm Kiefer images: In 25-50 words: What is your impression of Kiefer’s paintings? In 25-50 words: How do they make you feel? Think about? Question?
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In 50 words total: What are your thoughts on Kiefer’s description of his work? Did you find his definition of the truth interesting? Confusing? Why? Can you see any connections so far between the above Trigg paragraphs and the ruin? If so, how? If not, why?
The purpose of reading Dylann Trigg’s essay, despite its occasional difficulty, is to reflect, through writing, how Trigg develops the concept of ‘ruin.’ What I am introducing to you is an introduction to learn how to read closely and slowly and therefore identify some of the ways Trigg tracks, describes, presents, the modes of the ruin. Here tracking modes mean, in this context, is to identify paragraphs that capture a singular ruin and paragraphs that capture, describe, a plurality of ruins, the overall goal of which is to invite you to think about the possibility that the concept ‘ruin,’ its definition, is one mode of said ruin and Trigg might be interested in enabling the read to get a grip on the ruin in many forms (plural), not just one. As you read, you will notice Trigg’s specific attention to the 19th century psychologist and father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
Step 4: Formal Writing Activity
In 300-350 words total: What purpose does Freud have in Trigg’s essay? Does the way Trigg draws on Freud’s experiences and ideas about repression, anxiety, the human mind, mental life, etc. enrich or complicate Kiefer’s paintings and interview? If so, how? If not, why?
Purpose The purpose of this formal CFUA assignment is to enable you to learn how