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ALL755 - The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

Not offered 2016


Re-offered 2017

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:






Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


The aim of this unit is to access in literary and other texts representations of physical and mental pain, suffering and sadness. In medical, legal, social, psychiatric and familial contexts the need to give expression to the extent and nature of pain and its attendant alienating effects is crucial. Significantly the inexpressible qualities of pain and sadness isolate its victims and cause a breakdown between those who wish to help and those who desperately require it. This unit will attempt to negotiate this 'inexpressible terrain' by identifying successful manifestations of expressed pain in works of fiction as well as factual narratives whether pathographies or related discursive writings. The aim is not merely to interpret these texts but rather to meet the challenge of finding a language that communicates, explicates and legitimises forms of illness in the eyes of both a hostile and/or fearful society and sceptical or ill-informed medical, legal and social-work practitioners.


Assignment 1 2000 words 40%

Assignment 2 3000 words 60%

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