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LITERATURE AND INSANITY
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Germany - Free University of Berlin - 'Free Univ. Berlin'
UC Course SubjectGerman
Number & Suffix: 124
Full UC Title: LITERATURE AND INSANITY 
Transcript Title: LITERATURE&INSANITY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: In the history of the modern subject and its literary modeling, the observation of psychopathologies plays an important role. The development of an enlightened soul-learning in the late eighteenth century was accompanied by the emergence of independent forms of narration of insanity in magazines such as Karl Philipp Moritz's MAGAZINE TO THE EXPERIENCE OF SOUL KNOWLEDGE: (1783-1793) or collections such as Christian Heinrich Spieß' BIOGRAPHIES OF THE INSANE (1796), an archive of case histories which affected many medical and literary discourses of the time. There is a systematic spread of doubts about the stability of human reason to the poetic level in Romanticism. Authors such as Ludwig Tieck or E.T.A. Hoffman experiment with poetics of uncertainty in their stories by means of which the readers' knowledge about the course of the boundary between madness and reason, fantasy and reality, is called into question. As a literary motif, anthropological fascination and poetic challenge, madness remains virulent in the further nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Whether in Georg Büchner (for example in his narrative LENZ) or in naturalism, whether in the Viennese Modern (Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler) or in the Berlin Expressionism (Döblin, Heym, Benn), in modern narration madness is always about experimenting with new forms of poetic representation, in which the different aesthetic programs of the authors and their handling of the changing medical-psychiatric knowledge are reflected in many ways. This seminar introduces students to the outlined constellations of madness and literature from the period around 1800 to about 1910, but also exemplifies later texts and films such as Ken Kensey's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1962) or Rainald Goetz ' IRRE (1986). 
Language of Instruction: German
 
Partner Title: LITERATUR UND WAHNSINN 
Partner University Department: Deutsche Philologie 
Partner University Course Number: 16669