COMP 340
Literature and Psychoanalysis Spring 2019
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 363 / COMP 340
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The British psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott once wrote: “It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found.” This course will explore the many ways in which writing enacts this paradox, examining in the process several main strands of psychoanalytic thought in relation to literature that precedes, accompanies, and follows it in history. Approximately the first three-fourths of the course will involve close readings of theoretical and literary texts, which will be shared in a seminar format. In the latter portion of the course, students will work with each other and with the instructor on analyzing the processes of reading and writing as they produce original psychoanalytic readings of texts of their choice. All readings in English.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3507
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active engagement with the material and with each other, plus two 5-7-page papers, one 8-10-page paper, and a symposium presentation
Prerequisites: one previous course in either COMP or ENGL, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 363 Division I COMP 340 Division I
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
ENGL Criticism Courses

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