HIST 3515 O - Madness in Modern Times

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HIST 3515 O History of insanity from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.Themes include changing public and medical understandings of madness, patients' experiences and artistic portrayals of mental hospital life, cultural representations of madness in various media, and the history of the asylum. (Field e).
Prerequisite(s): a 2000-level history course, or third-year standing and 1.0 credit in history.

The course examines the history of Madness from the 18th century to the present, in both western Europe and North America. It traces changing ideas and definitions of Madness over this time period, including changes in how the causes of madness have been explained, how it has been treated, and how it has been understood, both as a personal experience and as a social question. Subjects to be studied will include the rise and fall of the asylum movement, the creation of psychiatry as a branch of medicine, representations of madness in culture (film, fiction, art), and the individual’s experience of madness as expressed through such means as art and personal memoirs.

CRN for section O: 12952

Instructor: James Miller

James Miller

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