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Bibliotherapy: Therapy through Literature


Course Information


Therapy through Literature takes as its subject what the psychologist William James described as the predicament of ‘twice-born souls’ – those who have to readjust to experience, following trauma. It looks at crucial versions of life-reappraisal: prose narratives of breakdown and second chance from Charles Dickens to Oliver Sacks; the expressive power of poetry as a form of second life, including Elizabethan sonnet writers, Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Course Code

PSYC500 Sept 17

Course Dates

20th September 2017 – 13th December 2017

Course Leader

Professor Philip Davis

Course Fee

Course Description

This 30 credit Postgraduate Level course will be delivered by academics from The University of Liverpool Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS) through 12 two-hour seminars on consecutive Wednesdays 3pm-5pm starting from the 20th September 2017.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Credits gained on this module can count towards a Postgraduate exit award including PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc.  Please contact psychology.administrators@liverpool.ac.uk for further details.