Queens College is sponsoring a Healthy Minds conference to promote a healthy lifestyle and strong scholarship for its students and professors. Since you are known to be interested in both health and writing, the organizers ask you to prepare a speech on the subject of whether ?healthy minds? can be promoted through literature. You turn to the respective works of George Lawton and Mark Haddon for guidance. George Lawton’s 1939 article “Mental Hygiene through the Study of Literature” provides a list of discussion questions Lawton hoped would spark the growth of hygienic minds in budding scholars. You start by using The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime to answer five of these discussion questions. Then you draw on your results to prepare a speech that argues the merits or demerits of discussing texts in a “hygienic” way.
Suggested Sources: 1.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Book)
2.) George Lawton’s 1939 article “Mental Hygiene through the Study of Literature”