Trauma and Memory In Literature

Course Code: ENGL 4000

Academic Year: 2021-2022

Telling stories is one of the main ways in which we make sense of our experiences. But what happens when experience is so harrowing that it overpowers the emotions and cannot be encompassed by the mind? What kind of stories can contain, explain and perhaps even transcend horrors that overwhelm human consciousness? In this course we will read a range of literary responses to trauma and hysteria and think about the relationship between narrative and memory. Can narrative art provide what novelist Pat Barker calls "regeneration"-the recovery of psychic and emotional wholeness in the wake of shattering events? Category and Level: Arts and Humanities, Upper Level Restrictions: None Note: Students benefit from taking a lower level course in the Arts and Humanities category prior to enrolling in this upper level course.