The focus of this course is creativity: what it is, how we know it, from where it comes, whether it can be cultivated, and whither it leads. Our readings approach the topic from several disciplines that make study of the mind a central project: philosophy, psychoanalysis, cognitive neuroscience, and literature. Each unit addresses a set of questions related to creativity and pairs essays from these mind-disciplines with literary texts that address and enact similar issues. Texts include The Creative Brain, Playing and Reality, Red. This course satisfies requirements for the Literature and the Mind concentration.
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Students on the wait-list must attend the first day of lecture/section to enroll in the course. For more information see the English Department Crash Policy.