English R1B

Reading and Composition: Modern Minds

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2014 Abramson, Anna Jones
MWF 10-11 225 Wheeler

Book List

Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: The Yellow Wallpaper; James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway


In this writing- and research-intensive course we will consider how late nineteenth and early twentieth century writers both responded to and helped shape modern  conceptions of the human mind. Our readings and discussions will focus on the bidirectional relationship between innovations in literary form and shifting ideas about time, memory, madness, and trauma. By drawing on supplementary reading in history, psychology, and philosophy, we will gain a richer sense of where narrative converges with and diverges from contemporary models of the mind and brain. We will also investigate how psychological accounts themselves rely on specific narrative practices and literary devices.

Building on the strategies you learned and practiced in R1A, this course will further develop your reading, writing and research skills.  Significant class time will be devoted to pre-writing, peer-review, and developing research skills.  You will produce at least 32 pages of writing—including pre-writing, drafts and revision, and culminating in a rigorously researched paper on a topic of your own design.

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