Mind, Brain and Literature

Course Number: ENGL 170MB
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 170AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2018
Instructor: Park, Sowon S
Day(s): MW
Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
Location: GIRV 1116
Description:

 

Aim and Scope of the Course

This is an interdisciplinary course on the human mind. The main aim is to encourage an understanding of the range and richness of the ways in which the human mind has been conceptualised across the boundaries of literature, cognitive neuroscience and literary theory/philosophy.  It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to 1) learn some of the more significant developments that have emerged from cognitive neuroscience on emotion, mindreading, visual perception, attachment, memory and sex/gender; 2) relate the scientific findings to larger propositions about the nature and value of human experience found in European classics; 3) develop skills of ‘practical criticism’.

 

NB: For matter relating to registration, please contact Brian Ernst directly

 

Course Requirements

The range of reading for the course is very wide. Students will expected to demonstrate detailed knowledge of a number of theoretical, scientific and philosophical texts as well as respond to the set literary works with historically, scientifically and aesthetically-informed relevance.

The core texts in Winter 2018 are: George Orwell’s 1984, Simone de Beauvoir’s The Woman Destroyed, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and Samuel Beckett’s Not I. Participants should read the assigned texts closely before the class in which they are discussed.

 

Evaluation and Examination

Attendance: 5%

Class Participation: 10%

Mid-term Literature Review: 35%

Final paper: 50%