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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34850 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 111

Course Description

This course will be taught in English. This course will treat of various forms of human experience in terms of their contribution to the pathological alteration of life. I use "pathological" to refer to forms of violence, excess or disorder arising from love, war, crime, madness and disease. We shall study such phenomena in the form of narrative essays in the exposure, evaluation and control of human pathology. The phenomena in question will be considered in terms of their subversion or antagonism of authority -- family, law, church, state -- and of their stimulus to those forms of intellectual order established in fiction and autobiography.

Grading Policy

The program of work for the course will include three 1500-word papers, each worth 25% of the course grade, and class participation, itself worth 25% of the grade. Students may if they prefer do one long paper of 4500 words; if they choose to do this, they will submit two written progress reports at appropriate moments in the semester. FINAL EXAM: No


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