HC 232H: US Memoirs of Mental Illness

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4.00 credits

  • CRN 22612: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE
  • CRN 22615: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

This course primarily uses memoirs and autobiographically-informed fiction to explore the experiences of people with mental illness diagnoses from the inception of modern diagnostic categories through the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. As we read each memoir, we will explore contemporaneous psychiatric/psychological reports and historical materials to provide context for the authors’ diagnoses, treatments, and interactions with others and their society. Students will locate blogs and other accounts by members of diverse populations.