Topics in Literature: Imagination and Creativity

Course Number: ENGL 65IC
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: Open to non-majors. Course may be repeated twice providing the letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 65AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2015
Instructor: Carlson, Julie
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Location: GIRV 1115

What is creativity?  From where do bursts of genius come?  Can one train oneself to be creative?  Is the "creative personality" depressed, akin to madness, ahead of its time?  Is the internet stupifying our youth?  Such questions are at the core of our readings and investigations into imagination and creativity.  One major topic is how advances in neuroscience affect psychological, psychoanalytic, and literary theories of creativity.  Each unit is paired with a literary or artistic text that orients our discussion and allows us to sharpen our understanding of the transformative nature of art.  Books include Nancy Andreasen, The Creative Brain:  The Science of Genius, Norman Holland, The Brain and Literature, Cathy Davidson, Now You See It:  How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century, and John Logan, Red.