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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
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ENGS48-50 Drug Literature from Romanticism to Postmodernism 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
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Englannin kielen, kirjallisuuden ja kääntämisen tutkinto-ohjelma
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

Drug literature is perhaps not the most respectable of literary genres, but like any other literary genre it has a history, notable authors and generic conventions. Its unique feature is that it has clearly influenced the way we see drugs, drug abuse and addiction in the modern world. The course focuses on autobiographical texts about drug use from Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) and Fitz Hugh Ludlow's The Hasheesh Eater (1857) to psychedelic trip reports found on various Internet forums dedicated to the subject. The course proceeds chronologically from the Romantic period to the present day. In terms of theory, it examines, among other things, the concept of experience and the relationship between experience and representation in literature. Special emphasis is given to the many social issues surrounding drug use. Assessment: class participation, presentation, essay.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Tommi Kakko, Teacher responsible


13-Jan-2016 – 4-May-2016
Wed 13-Jan-2016 - 4-May-2016 weekly at 10-12, Päätalo A33