Colette Johnson

B.A. University of California, Irvine (2011)

Colette Johnson joined the department in 2012.  Her dissertation explores the healing and recuperative properties of play.  Play is a powerful metaphor for the complicated ways in which recuperation is conceptualized in discourses of psychology and psychoanalysis.  This project deals with an archive on the borderline between philosophic and psychoanalytic inquiry.  It investigates how literature and literary modes of reading these texts aid our understanding of play at the intersection of narrative and ethics.  What do narrative and stories help us to understand about psychoanalysis and play?  What does it mean for disciplines associated with non-figurative language, philosophy, science, and medicine, to begin speaking in the language of narrative?  Metaphors We Live In looks at the stories out of which develop complex theories (of aesthetics, self, and community) in order to discuss what the philosophy of Kant, the mythology of Freud, and the practice of Winnicott contribute to our understanding of playing.

Colette was an Assistant Instructor for ENG 221:  Words vs. Music:  The Song in Modern Times.  She organized the 18th Century and Romantic Studies Colloquium from 2013 to 2015.  She served on CPUC Priorities Committee during the 2015-16 academic year.  Colette began working as a research assistant for the Princeton Prosody Archive in 2015. 

Interests include:  Literary theory and psychoanalysis; Play, literature, and psychology; Attachment theory; Theory of mind; Trauma theory; Feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; Political philosophy and civic theory; British literature