[ENGL 190] Other Minds (5T,W)

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ENGL 190



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Other Minds

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Introduction to Literary Study: Other Minds (1). How does literature help us to imagine the minds and feelings of others? This course explores how various texts serve—or refuse to serve—as mental and emotional “simulation chambers.” We will focus special attention on works that challenge established ways of knowing, seeing, and perceiving, among both human and nonhuman beings. Along the way, we will consider exciting developments surrounding the relation between literature and cognitive theory. Why do we read, and how do we understand notions of consciousness, relationship, environment, and time as we read? Texts will include fiction, poetry, and drama by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, James Ijames, Toni Morrison, and William Shakespeare. In addition, we will turn to Ursula Le Guin’s utopian novel *The Dispossessed*, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its publication. Throughout the term, we will practice a variety of interpretative approaches and will develop skills essential for college-level writing and literary essays. Class members will also have the opportunity to explore creative writing and dramatic staging techniques. No prerequisite. (5T) May be taken for credit only once. (Also listed as Comparative Literature 190. English majors should register for English 190.) Offered each semester.

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MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM

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