English 24

Freshman Seminar: Representing Psychiatric Disability

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Susan Schweik and Aaron Cohen
M 12-1 220 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Kaysen, S.: Girl Interrupted; Gilman, C.: The Yellow Wallpaper; Palahniuk, C.: Fight Club; a xeroxed course reader


In this seminar we will view films and read works of fiction that deal with various issues related to psychiatric disability (including questions of the social construction of mental illness, diagnosis, treatment, accommodation, ADA court cases, and the idea of survivorship). Along with your two co-teachers, you will examine these issues from both clinical and humanities perspectives.

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