Upper-Division Seminar : Right Mind

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Fall 2010
Instructor: Carlson, Julie
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Location: SH 2617

The seminar draws on the colloquial phrase "being in my right mind" to explore two issues in contemporary mind/brain studies: the plasticity of the brain and thus its capacity for recovery from injury; right brain functions, including language and creativity. Texts chosen either describe the brain in its capacity for creativity and change (Catherine Malabou, What Should We Do with our Brain? and Norman Doidge, The Brain that Changes Itself) or provide first-person accounts of right brain impairment in texts on madness (Elyn Saks, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness), loss of right brain functions caused by stroke (Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey), or the interplay between right and left brain activity and between madness and creativity (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein). The seminar is part of the Literature and Mind concentration. Requirements include an in-class presentation and final paper.