Literature and the Mind

As readers, we are often invited to “experience” the thoughts, motives, and emotions of speakers and characters in different types of literary texts. But how do printed words on a page come to represent the subjective experience of the mind and consciousness itself? This course examines how the mind has been represented in literature – representation that has been achieved with various narrative techniques and literary devices. To develop students’ understanding of the study of the mind, the course includes some basic background material drawn from psychology and philosophy. The majority of the course focuses on reading literary texts that have been chosen specifically for their exploration of the mind and consciousness.