Winter 2019 HC 232H: Mental Illness in Modern and Contemporary U.S. Memoirs

Winter Term, 2018-2019

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4.00 credits

CRN 26902: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 202

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.