ENGL 363
Literature and Psychoanalysis Spring 2019 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as COMP340 / ENGL363

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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#: 3508
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 Preference: Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives; ENGL Criticism Courses;

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