Prerequisites: Open to seniors and, by permission, to juniors. Students may also be required to complete a book-length reading prior to the first class of the semester.
Summing Up the Journey: Why the Whole is Greater than the Parts
Core Psychological Principles in Honors Literature, Art, and Psychology
General: ‘Developmental Lines’ organize and direct all human behavior, from childhood through adulthood (We Tend to Be What We Have Been).
Principle 1: Early Experience Sets the Developmental Trajectory for both Adjustments and Accomplishments
Principle 2: Learning to Balance Being ‘Separate But Connected’ Begins with One’s Family yet Extends to All Relationships--A Critical Balancing Act.
Principle 3: Individual Creativity and Useful Emotions Are Forged by Family Heritage and Family Dynamics.
Principle 4: Extreme Risk and Danger Creates CONFLICT that can be the Potential (‘voltage’) for Growth.
Principle 5: Social Relationships Can Ameliorate Environmental Effects . . . and the Environment CAN shape and Re-Shape Social Relationships.
Principle 6: Adjustment and Coping in Later Life are linked to the degree of Flexibility Achieved in Adolescence and Expanded in Early Adulthood
Semester Theme: “STORY as HEALING: We are healed by what we tell.”
Core Works May Include:
The Color of Water James McBride
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
Mystic River Dennis Lehane
This Boy’s Life: A Memoir Tobias Wolff
The Duke of Deception: Geoffrey Wolff
Memories of My Father
Lying Awake Mark Salzman
Caucasia Danzy Senna
Other Voices, Other Rooms Truman Capote
A World Lost Wendell Berry
Me Talk Pretty David Sideris
The Winter’s Tale or King Lear William Shakespeare
Tales from a Traveling Couch Robert Akeret
Stitches: A Memoir David Small
Just Kids Patti Smith
Buffalo Soldier Chris Bohjialian
Hawthorne, Nathaniel Scarlet Letter (excerpt)
O’Brien, Tim The Things They Carried (excerpt)
Bennett-Goleman, Tara Emotional Alchemy (Selections)
Other requirements in the course include:
Attend and critique a live stage production at the Portland Stage Company
(Field trip requirement; play selected by the instructors)
Three analytical essays
One Creative Writing Assignment (text based)
One Creative Visual Art project [DOSSAL]
In-Class assignments and challenges
Reading Review Quizzes (regularly)
In-Class final exam essay