Between Science And Fiction: The Intersection of Psychology and Literature

Course Description

Human being, whether explored through themes of identity, self, or character, is a constantly evolving narrative we construct of ourselves and others.  This course examines the intersection of psychological and literary narratives as they construct human being, and emphasizes how storytelling is a vital yet undervalued notion in contemporary society.  We will question how human identity is created and communicated, while exploring the fringes of socially accepted behaviour to examine how norms are established, upheld, and challenged both in literature and psychology.

Required Readings:

  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (any edition of the novel)
  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (any edition of the novel)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with Jack Nicholson (film)
  • A Beautiful Mind, with Russell Crowe (film)

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