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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 178 Mental Illnesss, Disability Studies, and Popular Culture

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, eating disorders...This seminar introduces students to a wide range of texts (memoirs and first-person narratives, films, paintings, and medical and philosophical treatises) that focus on the experience of living with mental illness. Particular attention will be paid to the style and form of textual representations of psychological disorders, as well as to the cultural and philosophical questions such texts raise about the very category of "mental illness."