MW 3 - 4 PM
TTh 10 - 11 AM
and by appt.
How and why do minds read and write literature? The cognitive science revolution of the past two decades has revealed that the mind is fundamentally literary: literary staples such as narrative and metaphor turn out to be central to the way that minds interact with their environments. How the mind works, however, is a central theme in literature that long predates the rise of cognitive science. In this class, we will apply recent work in cognitive approaches to literature to various literary texts to try to understand what the mind is doing in reading and writing literature, and we will examine a number of literary representations of the mind to see how authors have tested or anticipated recent theories of cognition.
Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed.
R. W. Franklin
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2
David Lodge, Thinks...
Peter Stockwell, ed. Cognitive Poetics
Hogan, ed., Cognitive Science, Literature and the Arts
Zunshine, Why We Read Fiction
Your grade will be based on the following:
Attendance is mandatory. I will evaluate attendance on a case by case basis, but in general you should expect that more than four absences for any reason, including illness and university-sponsored activities, will lower your final grade.
Late papers: turning in a paper or the survey of sources late will result in a penalty of 3 points (e.g. 92 to 89) for every calendar day it is late, up to a maximum of 20 points (e.g. 95 to 75). Turning in the preliminary topic for the long paper late will result in a deduction of 1 point on the long paper for every calendar day the topic is late, up to a maximum of 3 points. I usually don't grant extensions on papers, but you're welcome to ask. Because a low grade--say, an F at 50 points--is much less destructive to a grade than a 0 is, it is nearly always worthwhile to make up late work. (See the Guidelines for the Reading Journal to see my policies for handling late and missing journal entries.)
Participation in discussion is important in this class. Although there will be no separate grade rubric for participation, active and thoughtful participation in class will raise a borderline grade, while passive or disruptive participation will lower one. (A borderline grade is defined as a grade within .5 of a point of the cutoff between two grades. For example, 90 is the cutoff between B+ and A-; 89.5 - 90.5 is the borderline range between the two grades.)
Plagiarism will affect your grade in one of two ways. If you turn in work which is plagiarized in minor or unintentional ways (e.g. you use the language of a source you are writing about without quotes, but in only a brief passage and clearly without any intention to represent someone else's work as your own), the paper will receive a 0, and we will discuss plagiarism until it is clear that you understand what it is and how to avoid it. You may be able to rewrite such a paper for a higher grade if there is enough time left in the term. However, if you turn in a paper which, in my judgment, plagiarizes blatantly, either at length or with apparent intent to deceive, you will receive an F in the course, regardless of any other grades you have received, and I will file an Academic Dishonesty Report with the Associate Provost.
In accordance with the policy set forth in the IWU Catalog, this course is designed to demand two to three hours of work outside of class for every hour spent in class. As the Catalog cautions, however, the actual time any one student will need to spend "will inevitably vary greatly according to a student's ability, aptitude, and motivation with respect to the given subject matter."
M 8/25 introduction
W 8/27 The terrain made unfamiliar. Reading: Powers, Galatea 2.2 (at least 50 pp.)
F 8/29 Powers continued. Reading: Galatea 2.2 (at least 100 pp.)
M 9/1 Labor Day; no class.
W 9/3 Powers continued.Reading: Galatea 2.2 (at least 200 pp.); Stockwell, Cognitive Poetics Ch. 1; Hogan, Cognitive Science, Literature and the Arts 29-34
F 9/5 Powers continued. Reading: Galatea 2.2 (to the end)
M 9/8 Powers continued
W 9/10 Powers continued
F 9/12 What does embodied cognition mean in literature anyway? Reading: Wilson, "Six Views of Embodied Cognition." Reading journal 1 due
M 9/15 Prototypes. Reading:
Stockwell Ch. 3; Hogan 42-48; Macleish, "Ars Poetica" (online at <http://transcriptions.english.ucsb.edu/archive/courses/liu/english25/materials/macleish.html>)
W 9/17 Scripts and Schemas. Reading: Stockwell Ch. 6; Hogan 70-75; Doyle, "A Scandal in Bohemia" (online at <http://www.readprint.com/chapter-3616/Arthur-Conan-Doyle>)
F 9/19 Schemas continued. Reading: Carroll, "Jabberwocky" (online at <http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html>)
M 9/22 catch-up day on on to deixis. First
W 9/24 Deixis. Reading: Stockwell Ch. 4; Browning, "Fra Lippo Lippi" (online at <http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/275.html>)
F 9/26 Deixis continued. Reading: Woolf, "Kew Gardens" (online at <http://www.bartleby.com/85/7.html>)
M 9/29 Deixis continued. Reading
journal 2 due
T 9/30, 7 PM: Viewing (out of class): Memento
W 10/1 Schemas and narrative; discussion of Memento. Reading: Hogan Ch. 5
F 10/3 Memento continued. Reading: script of Memento
M 10/6 catch-up day or on to theory of mind
W 10/8 Theory of mind. Reading: Zunshine, Why We Read Fiction 3-44; "Fra Lippo Lippi" again
F 10/10 Fall Break
M 10/13 Theory of mind continued. Reading: Haddon, The
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (at least 100 pp.)
W 10/15 Haddon continued (at least 150 pp.). Preliminary topic for long paper due by email
F 10/17 Metarepresentations. Haddon continued Reading: finish Haddon; Zunshine 47-82
M 10/20 Haddon continued
W 10/22 Haddon continued
F 10/24 Library research or catch-up day. Reading journal 3 due
M 10/27 Conceptual metaphor. Reading: Stockwell Ch. 8; Hogan
Ch. 4. View in class: Star
Trek: The Next Generation: "Darmok"
W 10/29 Discussion of "Darmok"
F 10/31 Metaphor continued.Reading: Dickinson, poems 59, 124, 187, 222, 249, 376, 399, 448, 453, 479, 502, 582, 598, 666, 684, 690, 710, 743, 817, 822, 890, 899, 910, 965, 969, 1068, 1470, 1525, 1773
M 11/3 Dickinson continued. Reading: Dickinson, poems 571, 601, 610, 633, 853, 858, 930, 163
W 11/5 Dickinson continued. Survey of sources due.
F 11/7 Dickinson continued.
M 11/10 catch-up day or on to Lodge. First draft of long paper
due for those who want a chance to revise
W 11/12 Consciousness. Reading: Lodge, Thinks... (at least 56 pp.)
F 11/14 Lodge continued. Reading: Lodge, Thinks... (at least 102 pp.)
M 11/17 Lodge continued. Reading: Lodge, Thinks... (at least 182 pp.) ; Donald, A Mind So Rare,
Ch. 2. Reading journal 4 due
W 11/19 Lodge continued. Reading: Lodge, Thinks... (finish)
F 11/21 Lodge continued
M 11/24 M 4/11 Emotion. Reading: Hogan Chs. 6 and
7; Curious Incident continued.
W 11/26 - F 11/28 Thanksgiving Break
M 12/1 Hogan and Lodge continued. Long paper due.
W 12/3 catch-up day
F 12/5 last day of class
T 12/9, 3:30 - 5:30 PM: Final Exam