ENGLISH 260 - Introduction to British Literature
Section: 001 Reading the Mind
Term: FA 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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“It has been said by its opponents that science divorces itself from literature; but the statement, like so many others, arises from lack of knowledge.”

John Tyndall (1874).

This course will explore the exchanges and interactions between literature and science in the nineteenth century with a particular focus on ideas about the mind and body. The nineteenth-century was a period when the boundaries between different forms of intellectual enquiry had not yet become the disciplinary divisions of our present age; in fact, scientists and novelists all contributed to changing notions of selfhood and bodily identity in the intellectual culture of the time. We will look at the emerging sciences of psychology and psychiatry in relation to the rise of the novel, and discuss the importance of areas such as: physiognomy, phrenology, and mesmerism; dreams, memory, and the unconscious; insanity and nervous disorders; and theories of degeneration.

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Course requirements will include written papers and group exercises.

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ENGLISH 260 - Introduction to British Literature
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780199554652
Literature and science in the nineteenth century : an anthology, Author: edited with an introduction and notes by Laura Otis., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reiss. 2009
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