History and Philosophy Of Science | History of Psychology
X642 | 26357 | James Capshew


How do people conceptualize and write about their mental trauma and
psychological distress? The seminar interrogates personal narratives
of depression, aphasia, head injury, and other forms of neurological
damage and emotional affliction using a variety of perspectives,
including literary and scientific viewpoints. The works will be
considered for their contribution to clinical science,rehabilitative
services, and popular understanding of limits to human experience.

Each week the seminar will take up one or more items for critical
analysis. Each participant will be expected to contribute to the
general discussion, and perhaps present special reports on
additional readings as well. Written assignments include a
biographical sketch (2-3 pages), a book review (2-3 pages), and a
short research paper or historiographical essay (10-20 pages).
Students should come away with a deeper understanding of issues in
neuropsychology, mental illness, and linguistic representation.

Sample texts:

Bauby, Jean-Dominique. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. New York:
Knopf, 1997.
Beers, Clifford. A Mind That Found Itself. New York: Longmans, Green
& Co., 1907.
Damasio, Antonio. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in
the Making of Consciousness. 1999.
Jamison, Kay Redflied. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and
Madness. New York: Knopf, 1995.
Kapur, Narinder, ed. Injured Brains of Medical Minds: Views from
Within. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Luria, A. R. The Man with a Shattered World: The History of a Brain
Wound. New York: Basic Books, 1972.
Murphy, Robert F. The Body Silent. New York: Norton, 1987/1990.
Sacks, Oliver. A Leg to Stand On. New York: HarperPerennial, 1984.
Sampson, E. E. "Establishing Embodiment in Psychology." Theory and
Psychology 6 (1996): 601-24.
Styron, William. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. New York:
Vintage, 1992.