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: www.sprak.umu.se/student/dokument. 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
Spring Term 2018
Lectures begin on week starting 19 March 2018
Lectures end during the week of 28 May 2018
Type of studies
Online learning (web-based)
Number of mandatory meetings
No mandatory meetings.
Number of on campus meetings
No on campus meetings.
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 deadline was
16 October 2017.
Please note: This application round is intended only for applicants within the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
Online application service is in Swedish.
Notification of admission will be sent in mid-November.
Contact the department for more information.
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.