Films available in library Beautiful Mind Universal Pictures by tm8v5N1D


									             HL8001: Madness in Literature and Film

Instructor: Ms Grace Chia Krakovic
Meets: Wednesdays, 4.30pm – 7.30pm, LT8
Office: HSS-03-81
Consultation: Mondays, 1-3 pm (By appointment only. Send queries via email first.)

Subject Description
This course examines the ways in which madness is interpreted in selected literature
and films from late 19th century onwards. Is madness a matter of perspective,
biological disorder, subversion or metaphor? We examine four possible categories:
the mentally ill with self-awareness of their debilitating condition; alienated
individuals deviating from societal norms; mentally unsound individuals labeled
insane by experts; and individuals exhibiting symptoms of mental disorder in enacting
transgressive acts. Using close reading of literary and visual narratives, this course
will discuss madness in the contexts of self-awareness, creativity, alienation and
isolation, language as construct, women and representation, the institution, sexual
dysfunction and violence.

Core texts available in Yun Nan Bookstore
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006
Margaret Atwood, Surfacing, Anchor, 1998
Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human, New Directions, 1973

Core texts and readings available on edveNTUre, including:
Michel Foucault’s Madness & Civilization excerpt
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Sylvia Plath poems
Anne Sexton poems
Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 excerpt
Linda Gray Sexton’s Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother,
Anne Sexton excerpt
Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted excerpt

Films (available in library)
Beautiful Mind (Universal Pictures, 2001)
Girl, Interrupted (Sony Pictures, 1999)
The Piano Teacher (MK2 Diffusion, 2001)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (United Artists, 1975)
Taxi Driver (Columbia Pictures, 1976)

Course Assessment
Coursework Essay (750 – 1000 words): 50%
Final Exam: 50%

 Tentative Lecture Schedule (subject to change)

Week     Topics                                   Readings
1        Lecture 1: Introduction                  Overview of Michel Foucault’s Madness &
Aug 15                                            Civilization, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22

2        Lecture 2: Mania & Melancholy            Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Aug 22
3        Lecture 3: Mania & Melancholy            Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton (poems)
Aug 29                                            Linda Gray Sexton, Searching For Mercy
                                                  Street excerpt

4        Lecture 4: Engendered Instability        Film: Girl, Interrupted
Sep 5                                             Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted excerpt

5        Lecture 5: Gender & Confinement          Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow
Sep 12                                            Wallpaper”
6        Lecture 6: Mutilation & Sexual           Film: The Piano Teacher
Sep 19   Dysfunction

7        Lecture 7: Postcolonialism & Regression Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing
Sep 26
                     RECESS WEEK
9        Lecture 8: Schizophrenia & Creativity    Film: Beautiful Mind
Oct 10                                            RD Laing’s The Divided Self excerpts

10       Lecture 9: Addictions & Nihilism         Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human
Oct 17                                            Film: Aoi Bungaku clips

11       Lecture 10: The Institution              Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Oct 24
12       Lecture 11: Alienation & Transgression   Film: Taxi Driver
Oct 31
13       Lecture 12: Paranoia & Transgression     Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Nov 7
14       Lecture 13: Conclusion
Nov 14


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