Bibliotherapy: Therapy through Literature

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.

START DATE: 20 September 2017
CONTACT: Senior Student Experience Administrators
School of Psychology

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 starting from the 20 September 2017 until 13 December 2017. The seminars will run between 3pm and 5pm. 

This is an intensive but personally moving reading course designed to show the value of literary thinking through the close exploration of literary language across the ages, in the search for human meaning. There are opportunities for informal writing-practice, with feedback, allowing participants to develop their personal thinking beyond merely conventional essay-exercises.