Studies in Literature and the Mind: History of Mind - An Introduction

Course Number: ENGL 170IM
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 170AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2015
Day(s): MW
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: GIRV 1112
Description:

By “a history of mind,” I mean a history of thinking about the mind.  Is it embodied, inspired, dispersed?  How do minds understand each other?  How do they shape their environments, including their cultural environments, and how are they shaped by them in turn?  To find out how good minds from the past explored these questions, we will read Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul) and Poetics; Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex; St. Augustine’s Confessions, Book X; Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy; Locke’s Essay on Human Understanding; Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy; Freud’s “Mourning and Melancholia,” and selections from The Interpretation of Dreams; all interspersed with various poems and commentaries from different eras.  This course will give you a foundation for thinking about more particular histories of mind on topics like creativity, love, play, and madness.