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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Mind and Heart: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Contemporary African American Literature

Todd Duncan, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Departments of English & Africana Studies, Wayne State University

and Melvin Bornstein, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, MPI

Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm
April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 11, 18, 2011
Farmington Hills

The workshop will be devoted to discussions of the themes, characters and situations in literature dealing with African Americans in the latter part of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries. The uniqueness of the material will be addressed from literary and psychoanalytic perspectives with the intent on enriching both perspectives. Writings to be studied: Robert Hayden, poetry; Edward P. Jones, short stories; August Wilson, play, "Fences"; Caryl Phillips, novel, "Dancing in the Dark"; and Edwidge Duncan, novel, "Breath, Eyes, Memory."

Course Objectives:
1.  To gain understanding of contemporary African American Literature.
2.  To appreciate how psychoanalytic principles embellish the characterization, settings and history within African American Literature.
3.  To deepen understanding of the conditions of African Americans living in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.