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ENGL 4007 Literature of Mental Health (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

The complex mind—its mysteries and capacity, the short-circuiting caused by mental illness or trauma, even the emotions that begin here—is a rich subject for writers of literature. In this course we will study poetry, fiction, memoir, drama, and film, texts which explore the ideas of mental health and illness. Can madness ever be socially proscribed? What if the writer him/herself is “unbalanced”? What larger truths about the human condition can be gleaned from exploring literature that deals with sanity? Texts will include Hamlet and As You Like It ; work by poets Rilke, Plath, and Wright; fiction by Gilman, Stevenson, Silko, Morrison, Hadden, and McEwan; Styron’s memoir Darkness Visible; films Birdman and Nebraska; and critical essays on the subject.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sue Roberts

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17