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Literature & Psychiatry In The Twentieth Century (Module)

Module description

This course is intended to complement the course in “Literature and Psychiatry from Locke to Freud” that the convenors already offer via the Literature and Medicine MA. It may run on alternate years with this precursor course or it may supersede the latter entirely. Its primary aim is to explore the explicit representation of psychiatry and psychiatric theory in twentieth-century literature and film. (Thus, this is not a course in the psycho-analytic interpretation of literary texts.) Although psycho-analysis has had the most profound impact on the representation of psychiatry and of mental disorder more generally in twentieth-century European culture, the course will examine a broad range of representations of psychiatrists and psychiatry (early twentieth-century neurology, psycho-analysis, anti-psychiatry, psychiatry based on developments in clinical pharmacology from the 1950s onwards, and evolutionary psychology). It will pay special attention to late twentieth-century depictions of psychiatry before 1920.


Please note the 2014-15 description for this module is not yet available.

Staff information

Dr Jon Day

Teaching pattern

1 x two hour weekly seminar

Module assessment - more information

1 x 4,000 word essay

Optional module for

Key information

Module code 7AAEM633

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No