Fall Lit and Mind Undergrad Class Offering

English 170: Mind, Brain and Literature with Professor Sowon Park

Fall 2019. Mon/Wed 12 :30-1:45. Phelps 1160

Aim and Scope of the Course: This is an interdisciplinary course on the human mind. The aim is to encourage an understanding of the range and richness of the ways in which the human mind has been understood in 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 2) relate the scientific findings to larger propositions about the nature and value of human experience found in literature; 3) develop skills of ‘practical criticism.’

Course Requirements:

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

Core literary texts:

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; George Orwell, 1984; Samuel Beckett, Not I, Iris Murdoch, Under the Net, Ian McEwan, ‘Dussel’. Students should read the assigned texts closely before the class in which they are discussed.

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