Graduate Program

Graduate students interested in the pursuit of psychoanalytic, philosophical, and neuroscientific approaches to literary study may take one segment of the First Qualifying Exam in “Literature and the Mind,” in addition to courses on related topics.  Students are also encouraged to participate actively in Symposium programs (such as reading groups and events with visiting scholars), and to propose subjects and materials for group study.


Fall 2019 English 231  Shakespeare’s Feelings (James Kearney)

Winter 2020 English 236  The Novel and Attachment Theory (Kay Young)

  • ENGL 233 – Theory of Literature and Science: The Case of John Keats (CALDWELL)
  • ENGL 236 – Cognitive Approaches to World Lit (PARK)
  • ENGL 236 – Mind, Gender, Sexuality (CARLSON & FRADENBURG)


  • ENGL 236 – Affect Theory and Practice (YOUNG)
  • ENGL 236 – Psychosomatics (FRADENBURG)
  • ENGL 233 – Romanticism and Human/Right (CARLSON)
  • ENGL 236 – Cognitive Neuroscience and Literature (PARK)


  • ENGL 233 – The Dramatic Monologue and the Mind  (CALDWELL)
  • COMP LIT 200 – Franz Kafka (KITTLER)
  • COMP LIT 200 – Literature, Madness, Psychiatry, 1850-1930 (SCHAEFER)



L&M NEW Reading List 2018


Examinees will construct their own lists.  All, however, are required to read the section “Foundations and Interfaces.”  There are two ways to construct your list:  in addition to “Foundations and Interfaces,”

a)  add three other sections (e.g., “Affect, Emotion, Feeling,” “Symbolicity,” “Communities, Groups, Others”).  This option is good for those who want to focus on certain topics or methods;

b) add three items from each of the following sections (e.g., three items fsrom “Affect, Emotion, Feeling,”  three items from “Creativity, Fantasy…” and so on).  This option is good for those who want a broad introduction to mindfields.

You must submit your choices to the Director of Literature and Mind by 11 a.m. on the first Friday of the Spring Term.  Option b lists may be subject to revision by the Director.  We advise the earliest possible consultation in either case, and will be happy to meet with you at any time to discuss your choices.

Foundations & Interfaces

  • Apollon, Willy, et al., eds. After Lacan: Clinical Practice and the Subject of the Unconscious(SUNY 2002):  Chapter 1, “The Trauma of Language” (Cantin); Chapter 2. “The Signifier” (Bergeron); Chapter 7, “The Symptom” (Appollon).
  • Derrida, Jacques.  Psyche:  Inventions of the Other, vol. 1 (Stanford UP, 2007); Chapter 1, “Psyche:  Invention of the Other”; Chapter 6, “Me—Psychoanalysis”; Chapter 13, “Geopsychoanalysis ‘and the rest of the world.’”
  • Doidge, Norman.  The Brain that Changes Itself:  Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (Penguin, 2007): Chapter 6, “Brain Lock Unlocked”; Chapter 8, “Imagination”; Chapter 9, “Turning Our Ghosts into Ancestors”; “Appendix 1.”
  • Edelman, Gerald.  Wider Than the Sky:  The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness (Yale UP, 2005); chapters 5 & 10.
  • Freud, Sigmund.  New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Norton, 1965).
  • __________.  Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (chapter I) (Basic, 2000 or SE).
  • Gallagher, Shaun and Dan Zahavi, The Phenomenological Mind (Routledge 2008):  “Methodologies,” “The Embodied Mind,” “How We Know Others,” “Conclusion.”
  • Gazzaniga, Michael.  The Mind’s Past (UC Press, 2000).
  • Hogan, Patrick. Cognitive Science, Literature and the Arts:  A Guide for Humanists (Routledge, 2003).  Introduction: “Why Cognitive Science Now?”; Chapter 7, “From Mind to Matter: Art, Empathy, and the Brain.”
  • James, William.  The Principles of Psychology.  Volume I, Chapter 10, “The Consciousness of Self”; Volume II, Chapter 25, “The Emotions.”
  • Julia Kristeva.  “Approaching Abjection,” in Powers of Horror:  An Essay on Abjection (Columbia UP 1982).
  • Lacan, Jacques.  Ecrits, trans. Bruce Fink (Norton, 2006).  “The Mirror Stage…”; “Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis”; “The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis.”
  • Klein, Melanie. The Selected Melanie Klein, ed. Juliet Mitchell (Hogarth Press, 1986).
  • Paul Ricoeur, Freud and Philosophy:  An Essay on Interpretation, trans. Dennis Savage (Yale UP, 1970), Book III.
  • Schore, Allan. “A Century After Freud:  Is There a Rapprochement between Psychoanalysis and Neurobiology At Hand?”  JAPA 45 (1997): 807-840.
  • Schwab, Gabrielle.  “Derrida, Deleuze, and the Psychoanalysis to Come,” in Derrida, Deleuze, Psychoanalysis (Columbia UP, 2007).
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Wittgenstein:  Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief (UC Press, 2007): “Conversations on Freud.”

Affect, Emotion, Feeling

  • Brennan, Theresa.  The Transmission of Affect (Cornell, 2004); “Introduction”; Chapter 1, “Transmission in Groups.”
  • Clough, Patricia, ed. The Affective Turn:  Theorizing the Social (Duke UP 2007).  Foreword (Michael Hardt); Introduction (Clough); “Slowness:  Notes Toward an Economy of Differáncial Rates of Being” (Karen Gilbert).
  • Demos, Virginia, ed. Exploring Affect:  The Selected Writings of Silvan S. Tomkins (Cambridge 1995): Introduction (Brewster); Part I, “Affect Theory.”
  • Kohut, Heinz, “Introspection, Empathy and Psychoanalysis:  An Examination of the Relationship between Mode of Observation and Theory,” JAPA 7 (1959):459-83.
  • Massumi, Brian, Parables for the Virtual:  Movement, Affect, Sensation (Duke UP, 2002); Chapter 1, “The Autonomy of Affect”; Chapter 9, “Too Blue:  Color Patch for an Expanded Empiricism.”
  • Ngai, Sianne.  Ugly Feelings (Harvard 2005); Introduction; Chapter 1, “Tone”;        Chapter 2, “Animatedness”; Afterword, “On Disgust.”
  • Sedgwick, Eve.  Touching Feeling:  Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Duke UP 2003); Introduction; Chapter 3, “Shame in the Cybernetic Fold:  Reading Sylvan Tomkins.”

Creativity, Fantasy, Imagination, Innovation

  • Abbott, Porter.  Double issue of SubStance, “On the Origin of Fictions,” 2001.
  • Andreasen, Nancy, The Creative Brain:  The Science of Genius (Plume 2006).
  • Freud, Sigmund.  “The Creative Writer and Daydreaming.”  SE.
  •  ___________.  Chapter VII, The Interpretation of Dreams.  SE.
  • Modell, Arnold, Imagination and the Meaningful Brain (MIT P, 2006).
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul, Imagination: A Psychological Critique, ed. Forrest Williams (U of Michigan Press, 1972).
  • Scarry, Elaine, “Pain and Imagining,” “The Structure of Torture,” in The Body in Pain:  The Making and Unmaking of the World (Oxford UP 1985).
  • Tropman, John.  The Management of Ideas in the Creating Organization   (Greenwood 1998); Section 1, “The Energy of Thought”; Section 4, “Pernicious Procedures:  Problems Processing New Ideas”; Part V, “From Art to Part.”
  • Winnicott, D. W.  Playing and Reality (Routledge 2005).
  • Zunshine, Lisa, Why We Read Fiction:  Theory of Mind and the Novel (Ohio State UP, 2006):  “Why Did Peter Walsh Tremble”; “What Is Mindreading…Theory of Mind?”; “Why Do We Read Fiction?”

The Embodied Mind

  • Bowlby, John.  Attachment.  Chapter 11, “The Child’s Tie to His Mother.”
  • __________.  Separation.  Chapter 1, “Prototypes of Human Sorrow.”
  • ___________.  Loss.  Chapter 1, “The Trauma of Loss.”
  • Damasio, Antonio.  Descartes’ Error (Penguin 2005).“Introduction”; Chapter 7, “Emotions and Feelings”; Chapter 10, “The Body-Minded Brain”; Chapter 11, “A Passion for Reasoning.”
  • ___________.  The Feeling of What Happens (Harcourt 1999).  Chapter 2, “Emotion and Feeling”; Chapter 5, ‘The Organism and the Object.”
  • ________. Looking for Spinoza (Harcourt 2003).  Chapter 5, “Body, Brain, and Mind.”
  • Fonagy, Peter, and Mary Target, “The Rooting of the Mind in the Body:  New Links Between Attachment Theory and Psychoanalytic Thought,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 55 (2007):411-456; plus responses and commentary, pp. 457-501.
  • Gambs, Deborah.  “Myocellular Transduction:  When My Cells Trained My Body/Mind,” in Clough, ed. The Affective Turn.
  • Grosz, Elizabeth.  Volatile Bodies:  Towards a Corporeal Feminism (Indiana UP, 1994); Parts 1, 2 and 4.
  • G. Lakoff and M. Johnson, Philosophy in the Flesh:  The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought (Basic 1999). Part One: “How the Embodied Mind Challenges the Western Philosophical Tradition.”
  • Spolsky, Ellen. Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind (SUNY P 1993); Introduction; first chapter (“Minds, Modules and Models”); last chapter (“The Dynamic of Freedom and Compulsion”).

Communities, Groups, Others

  • Benjamin, Jessica.  The Shadow of the Other:  Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis  (Routledge 1998).  Introduction; Chapter 3, “The Shadow of the Other Subject: Intersubjectivity and Feminist Theory.”
  • W. R. Bion, Experiences in Groups (1961; Routledge 1996); “Re-View:  Group Dynamics.”
  • Dean, Tim and Christopher Lane, eds.  Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis (Chicago UP, 2000): “Freud on Group Psychology: Shattering the Dream of a Common Culture” (Christopher Lane).
  • Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (U of Minn., 1987): “1914:  One or Several Wolves?”
  • Fanon, Frantz.  Black Skin, White Masks (Grove, 1991).  Introduction; Chapter 7, “The Negro and Recognition.”
  • Freud, Sigmund.  Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (W. W. Norton, 1975, or SE).
  • Khanna, Ranjanna, Dark Continents:  Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Durham:  Duke UP 2003).  Introduction, “Worlding Psychoanalysis”; Section 3, “Haunting the Future.
  • Kristeva, Julia.  Nations without Nationalism (Columbia UP 1993).
  • Rickels, Laurence.  The Case of California (JHUP 1991): “Fast Foreword.”

History, Memory, Trauma

  • Abraham, Nicholas.  The Wolf Man’s Magic Word:  A Cryptonomy.  U Minn, 2005.  Introduction, Section I, “The Magic Word”; section IV, “The Speech of the Word or the Rhymes and the Thing.”
  • Caruth, Cathy.  Unclaimed Experience (JHUP 1996); Introduction, “Wound and the Voice”; Chapter 1, “Unclaimed Experience:  Trauma and the Possibility of History.”
  • Davoine, Francoise and Jean-Max Gaudilliere, History Beyond Trauma (Other Press, 2004).
  • Felman, Shoshana.  Testimony:  Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History(Taylor & Francis 1992); Chapters 1-3.
  • Freud, Sigmund.  “Mourning and Melancholia,” SE.
  • Kandel, Eric, In Search of Memory:  The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (Norton, 2006).
  • Leys, Ruth.  Trauma:  A Genealogy (Chicago UP 2000); Introduction; Chapter 1, “Freud and Trauma”; Chapter 7, “The Science of the Literal:  The Neurobiology of Trauma”; Chapter 8, “The Pathos of the Literal:  Trauma and the Crisis of Representation.”
  • Rickels, Laurence.   “Melancholia, Freud, Psychoanalysis,” from Aberrations of Mourning (Wayne State UP, 1988).
  • Shachter, Daniel, Searching for Memory:  The Brain, the Mind and the Past (Basic 1996). Chapter 1, “On Remembering”; Chapter 3, “Of Time and Autobiography”; Chapter 5. “Vanishing Traces”; Chapter 7, “Emotional Memories.”


  • Britzman, Deborah, Novel Education:  Psychoanalytic Studies of Learning and Not Learning (Peter Lang 2006); Chapter 1.
  • Feldman, Jerome.  From Molecule to Metaphor:  A Neural Theory of Language (MIT P 2006).  Preface, Parts 1 & 3.
  • Kristeva, Julia, Desire in Language:  A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art, trans. Gora, Jardine and Roudiez (Columbia UP 1980); Chapter 9, “Motherhood According to Giovanni Bellini”; Chapter 10, “Place Names.”
  •  G. Lakoff and M. Johnson.  Metaphors We Live By (Chicago UP 1980).
  • Langer, Suzanne.  Feeling and Form.  Chapter 3, “The Symbol of Feeling”; Chapter 14, “Life and Its Image.”
  • Turner, Mark.  The Literary Mind:  The Origins of Thought and Language (Oxford 1996).
  •  Stern, Daniel.  Chapter 8, “The Sense of a Verbal Self,” from The Interpersonal World of the Infant (Basic 1985)
  • Zizek, Slavoj.  The Sublime Object of Ideology  (Verso, 1989):  Chapters 2 and 3.


  • Cavell, Stanley.  Must We Mean What We Say?  (Cambridge UP, 2002) “Knowing and Acknowledging”; “The Avoidance of Love.”
  • Cohn, Dorrit.  Transparent Minds (Princeton UP 1984).  “Introduction”;  Chapter 1, “Psycho-Narration.”
  • Felman, Shoshana, ed.  Literature and Psychoanalysis (JHUP 1982).  “Desire and the Interpretation of Desire in Hamlet” by Jacques Lacan; “Freud’s Masterplot: Questions of Narrative” by Peter Brooks; “Imaginary and Symbolic in Lacan: Marxism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, and the Problem of the Subject” by Frederic Jameson; “The Frame of Reference: Poe, Lacan, and Derrida” by Barbara Johnson.
  • Nussbaum, Martha.  Love’s Knowledge (Oxford UP 1990).  Chapters 1, 5 and 11.
  • Palmer, Alan.  Fictional Minds (Nebraska UP 2004).  Chapter 1, “Introduction”; Chapter 2, “Some Narratological Approaches”; Chapter 4, “The Whole Mind.”
  • Rydnytsky, Peter.  Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces:  Literary Uses of D. W. Winnicott (Columbia UP 1994).  “The Role of Illusion in Symbol Formation” by Marion Milner; “The Aesthetic Moment and the Search for Transformation” by Christopher Bollas; “What is Literature?” by Murray M. Schwartz.
  • Scarry, Elaine.  Dreaming by the Book (Princeton UP 1999).Part One:  “On Vivacity,” “On Solidity,” “The Place of Instruction,” “Imagining Flowers.”
  • Young, Kay.  Imagining Minds:  The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy (Ohio State UP 2010).

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