Madness and Migration in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Phd course on Renaissance Literature



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Madness and Migration in Early Modern Literature and Culture: PhD Course on Renaissance Literature
In this seminar, we will examine concepts of madness in Early Modern texts, particularly in relation to migration and movement, literal and figurative. The range of texts covered includes literature (the anonymous lyric “Tom O’Bedlam”), science (Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy), religion (Thomas Adams’ Mystical Bedlam and more contemporary criticism (Michel Foucault’s The History of Madness).
Reading


  • Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (short selections) Symptoms or Signs in the Mind (available here); Particular Symptoms from the Influence of the Stars, Parts of the Body, and Humours (available here); Immoderate Exercise a Cause (available here),

  • Thomas Adams, Mystical Bedlam, or, the World of Mad-men (available in full here)

  • “Tom O’Bedlam” (attached from Harold Bloom’s How to Read and Why)

  • Foucault, Madness and Civilization, “Stultifera Navis” (attached)

Virginia Langum



Virginia.langum@umu.se

Virginialangum.com

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