Psychedelic Aesthetics Course Lecture Schedule and Reading List

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Psychedelic Aesthetics, Literature, and Liberal Crises: A Public Course with Dr. Roger Green

Sundays from 4:00pm-6:00pm, beginning June 8th Deer Pile (above City O’ City)

Free or $10 suggested donation per class, drop-ins welcome


Class format: Roger’s lecture followed by public discussion. (Read only what you want to or can get through. You do not have to have read to attend lectures. You may attend some lectures and miss others. No grades, no papers, etc.)  If you’re reading, try to have texts for open discussion read before lecture, which means you can start reading now. There will also be numerous other optional texts for enthusiasts.


June 8: Postsecularism, Political Theology, and Enchantment

Texts for open discussion: The Invisible Committee’s The Coming Insurrection and Timothy Leary et al.’s The Psychedelic Experience

Free PDFs:

 June 15: Liberalism, Subjectivity, and Romanticism

Texts for discussion: Charles Baudelaire’s Artificial Paradises and Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and the Spirit of Music

Free PDFs:,%20Charles%20-%20The%20Poem%20of%20Hashish.pdf

June 22: Primitivism, Utopianism and Perennialism: Aldous Huxley and the Questions of Modernity

Texts for discussion: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

June 29: Gaming, Future’s Pasts, and Childhood’s End

Texts for discussion: Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

July 6: Junk, Soma, and States of Exception

Texts for discussion: William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl

July 13: Herbert Marcuse, Hannah Arendt, and Antonin Artaud: European Influences

Texts for discussion: Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man

July 20: Joyous Cosmologies and the Invention of Psychedelia

Text for discussion: Huxley’s Island

July 27: Fast Speaking Women: Maria Sabin and Anne Waldman

Texts for discussion: Maria Sabina: Selections edited by Jerome Rothenberg

Anne Waldman’s Fast Speaking Woman


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