Faculty Feature: L. Brown Kennedy
L. Brown Kennedy has special interests in sixteenth and seventeenth century literature and culture (Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, Milton, Renaissance and Reformation cultural history, theology and historiography). Additional teaching and research interests include the literature and culture of the Southern U.S.; women’s writing and the representation of gender; the representation of childhood and children’s literature; and Irish literature and culture. She is currently engaged in a study of Virginia Woolf as a reader of Shakespeare.
Spring 2012: Fictions of Childhood
This interdisciplinary course will combine critical studies of literature with critical approaches to childhood and psychological and psychoanalytic perspectives (particularly the writings of D. W. Winnicott). This course will focus initially on literary texts written for adults that feature children as subjects, and will conclude with a unit on texts written for a child audience. We will explore questions about the representation of children and childhood; the relation of child and adult worlds; childhood and memory or forbidden knowledge; and children, imagination, and language.First year students considering this class need to contact one of the instructors. The class will be pitched at the Division II level and will presume strong reading and writing skills.
Spring 2012: Joyce & Lacan: An Introduction
In this course we will explore the axes of desire and anxiety in language through intensive reading of selected works by two very different figures, James Joyce and Jacques Lacan. The course opens onto the question of how Joyce and Lacan use language to delineate desire and anxiety in human experience. We will read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, and excerpts from Ulysses from the work of Joyce, and from Lacan?s ouvre we will read the Seminar on the Purloined Letter and the Subversion of the Subject in the Dialectic of Desire, both in Ecrits, as well as secondary source texts that explicate Lacan? s thinking in these works and beyond. We will first investigate how these two men ?speak? to one another through class discussion and papers. Late in the course, and briefly, we will we turn to a few Joyce scholars and the Lacan seminar on Joyce. Although this course is an introduction, the readings and the work of the class assumes that students are ready to approach reading literature and psychoanalysis closely and critically.