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Syllabus

Assignments:
In addition to the readings for each week, there are written assignments for each week.  The conference will be divided into three groups.  Each group will be responsible for one of the three kinds of written assignments in turn.  The first writing assignment is to formulate two questions for conference discussion, based on similarities or differences you see between the representations of consciousness in the assigned texts.  The second writing assignment is a single-spaced journal page which is a record either of your thoughtful reaction to the literary text, an imitation of that text's most salient way of representing consciousness, or an account of some aspect of your own consciousness.  The third writing assignment is a 3-4 page paper (double spaced) in which you create an argument analyzing 1 paragraph from the literary text using claims made in the theoretical text or vice versa. All writing, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, is due in hard copy at the beginning of conference.  You should always be prepared to present the content of your writing to the conference orally; you will frequently be requested to do so. There will be no writing due the week before fall break and none due the last week of class.  There will be no other written assignments or exams.

Part 1: Developing consciousness through language, the social world, and embodiment

Week Literary Text Theory
1 Emma Donoghue, Room (2010) Chapters 1 and 2, pp 3-97
  1. Vygotsky,  "Thought and Word" in Thought and Language. Pp 210-256. (e-reserves)
2 Jennifer Egan,  Visit from the Goon Squad , Chapter 12
  1. Bakhtin, "Discourse in the Novel" From Literary Theory: An Anthology, p. 32-44 (e-reserves)
3 Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine (1988), Chapters 1-6, pp 3-48
  1. The Handbook of Consciousness, 200-202 (e-reserves)
  2. Baars, In the Theater of Consciousness, 39-61 (e-reserves)
  3. Merleau-Ponty, "Other Selves and the Human World," Phenomenology of Perception (403-412) (e-reserves)

Part 2: Models of Sense Experience, Temporality, Emotion, and Memory

Week Literary Text Theory
4 Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury (1940), "Benjy Section" pp 3-48
  1. Jakobson, "Two Aspects of Language" p. 69-96. 26 pages (e-reserves)
  2. Merleau-Ponty, "Sense Experience," Phenomenology of Perception (240-282) (e-reserves)
  3. Edmund Husserl, "Time Consciousness" Selections from Phenomenology of Internal Time Consciousness 40-44, 46-47 (e-reserves)
5 Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury (1940), "Quentin Section" pp 48-113
  1. William James, "Stream of Thought", Sections I, II, III, from Principles of Psychology Vol. I (1890) (online)
  2. Edmund Husserl,"Double Intentionality" Selections from Phenomenology of Internal Time Consciousness, 157-160 (e-reserves)
6 Woolf, Jacob's Room (1922), Chapters 1-7
  1. Merleau-Ponty, "Other Selves and the Human World," Phenomenology of Perception (413-425) (e-reserves)
  2. Marcia Cavell, Chapter 4: "Triangulation: The Social Character of Thought" (e-reserves)
7 Woolf, Jacob's Room (1922) Chapters 8-14
  1. Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia" p 584-589 (e-reserves)
  2. Amelie Rorty, "Characters, Persons, Selves, Individuals" from Theory of the Novel (e-reserves)
8 Proust, Swan's Way (1913), pp 3-102
  1. Damazio, Autobiography and Thinking of Self (e-reserves)
  2. Nussbaum, "Emotions and Infancy" Upheavals of Thought 174-224 (e-reserves)
9 Proust, Swan's Way (1913), pp 103-191
  1. Lacan, "Function and Field of Speech and Language" in Ecrits (e-reserves)

 

Part 3: Consciousness and Language: Object Relations, Mental Imagery, and Intersubjectivity

Week Literary Text Theory
10 Stein, Tender Buttons (1912), Objects pp 3-17
  1. Pound, ABC of Reading, Chapters 1-3 and part of 4 (Pages 17-40) and Chapter 8. (online)
  2. Noam Chomsky, "Language and Problems of Knowledge" Ch 2 pp 34-38, Ch 3 pp 68-75, 89-92 (e-reserves)
11 Stein, Tender Buttons (1912), Rooms pp 43-52
  1. William James, "Stream of Thought" Selections and "Association" from Principles of Psychology Vol. I (1890) (e-reserves)
12 Henry James, The Golden Bowl (1904), Book First
  1. William James, "Imagination" Principles of Psychology Vol II (1890) (e-reserves)
13 Henry James, The Golden Bowl (1904), Books Second and Third
  1. Amelie Rorty, "Loss and Jealousy" (e-reserves)
  2. Marcia Cavell, Chapter 10: "Self-knowledge and Self-Discovery" (e-reserves)
14 Henry James, The Golden Bowl (1904), Books Fourth and Fifth
  1. Luria (e-reserves)
  2. King