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Faculty Course: Narrating Madness in Literature and Culture

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Spring Term 2024

About the course

Narrating Madness is aimed at master's level students and higher interested in literature, the body, history of medicine and psychiatry, among other topics. No similar courses are available in the department or in Sweden. This course offers a way to cover a long chronological sweep with a focused perspective.
This course will survey depictions of madness in western literature from the Middle Ages to the present (all texts will be read in modern English translation). While locating texts within their contemporary contexts as far as religion, gender and medicine, the course will engage with significant modern theoretical discussions of madness and creativity as offered by Foucault, Freud and others.
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: Narrating Madness in Literature and Culture, 7.5 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2024 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


15 January 2024


19 March 2024

Study location




Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of other meetings


Outline for distance course

The medium of instruction is English. All communication is via the course learning platform. The course includes a number of obligatory seminars via internet. Study groups in Umeå may possibly be arranged if there is enough interest. Access to a computer with broadband internet connection is required for participating in and completing the course tasks. For information on technical requirements, see “Technical Requirements for Online Courses” https://www.umu.se/student/sprakstudier/dokument

Required Knowledge

Knowledge of English equivalent of English 6/English Course B from Swedish upper secondary school.    
Univ: One of these alternatives: 1) Bachelor of Arts (180 ECTS) or 2) At least 90 ECTS including a degree project or other independent scientific work of at least 7,5 ECTS, or equivalent knowledge.

Entry requirements


Academic credits

Application code



Application deadline was 16 October 2023. 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.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 11,625

Total fee

SEK 11,625

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Course is given by
Department of Language Studies