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.
- 19th-Century English Novel
- Hollywood Film
- Creative Non-Fiction
- Literature and film
- Victorian Studies
AESTHETICS OF THE NARRATIVE MIND: Essays on Style, Object Relations and Transformations
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--
- “‘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.
- “SEX-TEXT-CORTEX,” Queer and Feminist Narrative Theories, ed. Robyn Warhol and Sue Lanser, forthcoming 2014.
- Book Review, Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing by Adela Pinch, Victorian Studies, volume 54.3, spring 2012: 519-20.
- “‘Wounded by Mystery’: Dickens and Attachment Theory,” special issue, “Dickens at 200,” English, volume 61.234, autumn 2012: 234-248.
- “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.
- “Kierkegaard’s Claim of Mutuality and Its Problem of Representation,” Religion and Literature, volume 43.3, autumn 2011: 25-49.
- “The Aesthetics of Elegance and Extravagance in Science and Art,” special issue, “Narrative, Science, and Performance,” Narrative, volume 19. 2, May 2011: 149-171.
Aesthetics of the Narrative Mind; On Style, Object Relations, and Transformations