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Killen Syllabus

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Madness and Modern Civilization
Fall 2009Prof. Andreas KillenHistory B4403Office: NAC 5/128ATues 6:50-8:30Tel: (212) 650-7454 NAC 5123akillen@ccny.cuny.eduOffice Hours: T 5:30-6:30This course examines social, cultural, and institutional aspects of the history of madnessin modern Europe and America. Beginning with the age of the so-called “GreatConfinement,” the course considers the institutional and therapeutic reforms of therevolutionary and post-revolutionary era; the rise of theories of degeneration, hysteria andneurasthenia in the second half of the 19
century; psychoanalysis; war neurosis andmilitary psychiatry; psychiatry under the Nazis; psychiatry and the legacy of imperialism;the anti-psychiatry movement; and contemporary bio-psychiatry.
Required Texts
All texts can be purchased at the College Bookstore.Edward Shorter, A History of PsychiatryElaine Showalter, The Female MaladySigmund Freud, Five Lectures on Psycho-AnalysisSigmund Freud, Dora: Analysis of a Case of HysteriaPat Barker, RegenerationIn addition, there is a course pack. Other readings will be made available as necessary,either through handouts or selected web-sites.
Assignments and Grades
Students will be required to write three papers and write a take-home final.Attendance and participation are mandatory. Frequent absences will result in a lower grade,and any student who misses three meetings without permission will fail the course.Deadlines will be strictly enforced. Late papers will be penalized one grade for every daythe paper is late, and no extensions or incompletes will be granted without a doctor’s note.Plagiarism will not be tolerated; for definitions and examples, see the CUNY Policy onAcademic Integrity: (http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/ctl/Plagiarism.htm#PlagiarismPolicies
Final grades will be based on the following: class participation (20%); three papers(60%); final exam (20%).Students interested in extra credit should speak with me about giving an oral presentation.
Course learning objectives
Students will develop a strong grasp of the major issues, themes, and debates relating tothe history of mental illness in the modern era.Students will demonstrate proficiency in the analysis, evaluation and synthesis of primaryand secondary sources through short writing assignments as well as a major research paper.Students will demonstrate proficiency in historical reasoning and oral presentation andargument.
Week 1 (Sept 1)
 Introduction to the course
Week 2 (Sept 8)
Madness in the Pre-Modern Era
Reading: Shorter, ch. 1Pederson, A Mad People’s History of Madness, first person narrativesof madness in the pre-modern era (
)Eghigian, Killen, Leuenberger, “
the 20
Osiris 21, 2007
(CP)Assignment: watch and write a reaction paper onthe film “The Madness of King George” (due 9/22)
Week 3 (Sept 15)
Making Madness Modern
Reading: Foucault, Madness and Civilization, ch. 8-9
Discussion of “The Madness of King George”Week 4 (Sept 22)
The Age of Asylum Reform
Reading: Shorter, ch. 2Taylor, ed. Embodied Selves, selections on “Moral Management”
Pederson, A Mad People’s History of Madness, Bedlam narrative (
First paper due
Week 5 (Sept 29)No class - Monday scheduleWeek 6 (Oct 6)
Gender, Madness, and the Asylum
Reading: Showalter, Introduction, chs. 1-3Pederson, A Mad People’s History of Madness, first personnarrative of life in NY State asylum (
Assignment: 2nd paper, topic to be announced (due Oct. 20)
Week 7 (Oct 13)
The Age of Degeneration
Reading: Shorter, ch.3Showalter, chs. 4-5Taylor, ed. Embodied Selves, selections on “Inherited Legacies”
Week 7 (Oct 20)
The Discovery of Hysteria
Reading: Shorter, ch. 4Showalter, ch. 6Charcot, “Lectures on Diseases of the Nervous System”
Breuer, “Anna O”
(CP)Second paper due

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