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

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:A Mc Culloch
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

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.

Assessment

Assignment 1 - 2000 words 40%, Assignment 2 - 3000 words 60%

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