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Faculty Course: Motifs of Madness in Literature and Culture

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Spring Term 2020

About the course

Motifs of Madness is aimed at master's level students and higher interested in literature, the body, history of medicine and psychiatry, among other topics.

This course will focus on the depiction of mental illness in western literature and culture as organized around particular themes of contemporary interest. We will study relevant primary, theoretical and contextual materials around the chosen themes.  Such themes might include mental illness and crime fiction; gothic madness; burnout; obsession;
While not requisite, it is recommended that students have taken ”Narrating Madness” first in order to have a broader chronological and theoretical grounding in the depictions of mental illness in literature and culture.
The language of instruction is English. All mandatory literature is in English.
The course can be studied as a separate course at master’s level, or as part of a master’s programme.

The course will be partly net based. For information on technical requirements, please follow the link below:
The language of instruction is English, and all mandatory literature is in English.


Application and eligibility

Faculty Course: Motifs of Madness in Literature and Culture, 7.5 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2020 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


23 March 2020


7 June 2020

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Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of on campus meetings


Required Knowledge

Knowledge of English equivalent of English 6/English Course B from Swedish upper secondary school.    
Univ: One of these alternatives: 1) At least 150 ECTS language studies including literary studies or 2) the course Faculty Course: Narrating Madness in Literature and Culture 7.5 credits


Higher education credits acquired no later than on the last day of the application period

Application code



Application deadline was 15 October 2019. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Course is given by
Department of Languages Studies