Young, Kay

Professor

Education: 

Harvard University, A.B., A.M., PH.D.

Kay Young is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1992 and completed an Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in LA in 2011. Her central interests include Literature and Mind; The 19th-Century English Novel; Classical Hollywood Film; Aesthetics; Narrative; and Comedy. She is author of Ordinary Pleasures: Couples, Conversation and Comedy (2001) and various essays on the works of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Søren Kierkegaard, John Muir, James Joyce, Stephen Sondheim, and most recently on the intersections of science, art, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, narrative, and aesthetics in forthcoming or already published volumes. Professor Young's recently published book on consciousness and the 19th-century English novel is entitled, Imagining Minds: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy, Fall 2010, Ohio State UP.

Contact

Office: 

South Hall 2701

Office Hours: 

Spring 17: please email for appointment

Email: 

kayyoung@english.ucsb.edu

Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580

Fields/Affiliations: 

Literature and the Mind
Victorian Literature

Research Interests: 

Neuroaesthetics
Psychoanalysis
Narrative
19th-Century English Novel
Comedy
Aesthetics
Hollywood Film
Creative Non-Fiction
Literature and film
Victorian Studies

 

Publications

Research Excerpt: 

AESTHETICS OF THE NARRATIVE MIND: Essays on Style, Object Relations and Transformations

(WORK-IN-PROGRESS)

Working Chapters:

PART I: ON STYLE AND THE AESTHETICS OF MIND

“The Aesthetics of Elegance and Extravagance in Science and Art” (complete)

“Joyce and the Neuroaesthetics of ‘yes’” (complete)

“Dickens and Attachment Theory” (complete)

“A Few of Proust’s Favorite Things”

PART II: OBJECT RELATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS

“Object Play and Transformations in Women’s Stories” (complete)

“The Erotic Natures of Ovid and John Muir” (in progress)

“The ‘Untold Want’ of George Eliot and Psychoanalysis” (in progress)

Articles & Chapters: 

Most recent articles--

  1. “‘I’m Daphne’: On Comedy, Metamorphosis, and the Third Sex,” Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice, ed. Peter Dickinson, Farleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming 2014.
  2. “SEX-TEXT-CORTEX,” Queer and Feminist Narrative Theories, ed. Robyn Warhol and Sue Lanser, forthcoming 2014.
  3. Book Review, Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing by Adela Pinch, Victorian Studies, volume 54.3, spring 2012: 519-20.
  4. “‘Wounded by Mystery’: Dickens and Attachment Theory,” special issue, “Dickens at 200,” English, volume 61.234, autumn 2012: 234-248.
  5.  “Change Your Shoes, Change Your Life: On Object Play and Transformation in a Woman’s Stories,” The American Journal of Play, volume 4.3, winter 2012: 285-310.
  6.  “Kierkegaard’s Claim of Mutuality and Its Problem of Representation,” Religion and Literature, volume 43.3, autumn 2011: 25-49.
  7.  “The Aesthetics of Elegance and Extravagance in Science and Art,” special issue, “Narrative, Science, and Performance,” Narrative, volume 19. 2, May 2011: 149-171.

Projects

Forthcoming Projects: 

Aesthetics of the Narrative Mind; On Style, Object Relations, and Transformations

Bookshelf

Recent Courses Taught

Quarter Course Title
Winter 2017 ENGL 170MT Studies in Literature and the Mind: The Meaning of Life
Fall 2016 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Middlemarch
Fall 2016 ENGL 236 Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism: Affect Theory and Practice
Spring 2016 ENGL 170CD Studies in Literature and the Mind: Cognitive Dickens
Spring 2016 ENGL 170CM Studies in Literature and the Mind: Comic Mind
Winter 2016 ENGL 151JA Studies in British Writers: Reading Jane Austen's Mind
Winter 2016 ENGL 170MT Studies in Literature and the Mind: Meaning of Life
Fall 2015 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Creative Non-Fiction (Canceled for Fall)
Spring 2015 ENGL 170CM Studies in Literature and the Mind: Comic Turn of Mind
Spring 2015 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Middlemarch
Winter 2015 ENGL 151JA Studies in British Writers: Reading Jane Austen's Mind
Winter 2015 ENGL 170MT Studies in Literature and the Mind: The Meaning of Life
Fall 2014 ENGL 236 Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism: Affect Theory and Practice
Spring 2014 ENGL 233 Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature: George Eliot and the Problem of Other Minds
Winter 2014 ENGL 151JA Studies in British Writers: Reading Jane Austen's Mind
Winter 2014 ENGL 170MT Studies in Literature and the Mind: The Meaning of Life
Spring 2013 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar : Creative Non-Fiction
Spring 2013 ENGL 170CM Studies in Literature and the Mind : Comic Turn of Mind
Winter 2013 ENGL 151JA Studies in British Writers : Minding Jane Austen
Winter 2013 ENGL 170MT Studies in Literature and the Mind : Modern Thought