Profilkurs: Motifs of Madness in Literature and Culture
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. Possible themes might include mental illness and crime fiction; gothic madness; burnout; obsession; displacement, migration and mental illness; body dysmorphia and eating disorders. 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.