English R1B

Reading and Composition: Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Asian-American Literature and Film

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
20 Spring 2005 Carlos Reyes
MWF 9-10 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Her Wild American Self, M. Evelina Galang

Hunger, Lan Samantha Chang

The Language of Blood, Jane Jeong Trenka

Emotions Revealed, Paul Ekman

Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Sigmund Freud

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Geography of Thought, Richard E. Nisbett

The Bedford Handbook (6th Edition), Diana Hacker


Better Luck Tomorrow, Justin Lin

The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee "


"While psychological discourse often claims universality, literary discourse by and large celebrates particularity, which leads us to ask: what do these two discourses have to say to each other? Dividing our reading roughly equally between literature and psychology, we shall explore how these two modes of investigating human behavior illuminate, complement, and conflict with each other. In this process, we shall hopefully learn something about both Asian-American literature and various types of psychological thinking, including Freudian, scientific, and Buddhist psychology. This is not a class on the simple 'application' of psychological theories (generally Freudian, in literary studies) to literature. Rather, our approach will be to study literature and psychology as two distinctive ways of posing and responding to various ethical questions.

Since this is a composition class, we shall devote considerable effort to learning how to communicate ideas effectively, specifically through writing persuasive essays. To this end, we shall gain plenty of practice in the various stages of the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. "

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