When Thinking Gets in the Way of Thinking

When Thinking Gets in the Way of Thinking — or — How to Get Lost in Literature

Irina Paperno, PhD, Discussant Deborah Melman, PhD, Moderator Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW

Friday Mar. 9, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

PINC 2nd Fridays

flyerMost of us continue to enjoy the experience that started when we were very young … of getting lost in a story. But age and education can conspire to make us interpreters rather than travelers, we begin to notice style and literary device, the meta narrative, the author’s tricks and quirks. In this installment of 2nd Fridays, we will interrogate what is both gained and lost in this process. How does our analysis of literature expand our thinking — and how does it get in the way? How is our view of the text impacted by our theoretical ideas, our unconscious, our thoughts, cultural signifiers, and our desire to see beyond what is there. Together we will hear the 1948 short story Signs and Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov and use it as a springboard for thinking together, focusing on the conscious and unconscious elements that peak through when we read.


March 9th, 2018 6:30 PM
530 Bush Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Phone: 415-288-4050
General Admission $ 20.00
Member Admission $ 10.00
Candidate or Student $ 0.00
CE Credits (2) $ 20.00