LITR262 Themes in Literature - Psychology

Department of Language & Literature: Literature

I. Course Number and Title
LITR262 Themes in Literature - Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
The Department of Language and Literature has determined that students will write 2500 words in all literature courses.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course promotes understanding of selected literary works in terms of their experiential values and relevance to daily living. The course focuses on works in which characters confront life with the need to integrate self and deepen their relationship with the world.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To introduce the psychological approach to literature as an interpretive perspective;
    2. To enable students to appreciate the psychological approach as a valuable tool in the search for meaning; and
    3. To offer selected psychological approaches to the literary analysis of theme, symbol, and character.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Students will be exposed to such concepts as existential alienation, Freud's theories of the unconscious, and William Blake's "Innocence and Experience."
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Relevant texts are selected by the instructor. The material may include short stories, novels, drama, and poetry. Texts used most recently:

    1. Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl
    2. Initiation (collection of stories), Thorburn
    3. Ward Six, Chekhov
    4. Short Novels, Duras
    5. To the Lighthouse, Woolf
    6. A Pocketful of Prose, Vol. ll, Madden

    Supplemental Reading List:

    1. Barret, William. Irrational Man
    2. Bodkin, Maud. Archetypal Patterns in Poetry­
    3. Brod, Max.Franz Kafka: A Biography
    4. Frankl, Viktor. The Unknown God
    5. Frazer, Sir James. The Golden Bough (abridged)
    6. Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams
    7. Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism
    8. Jung, Carl. Memories. Dreams. Reflections
    9. Modern Man In Search Of A Soul
    10. May, Rollo. Existentialism and Modern Literature
    11. Sartre, Jean Paul. Nausea, No Exit
    12. Woolf, Virginia. The Waves

Review/Approval Date -7/00; New Core 8/2015