HNRS 302-001: Modern Art and Mental Illness

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Instructor: Patrick Baliani           
Tue/Thur | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | In-Person
Fall 2024

What does modern art reveal to us about anxiety, addiction, depression, autism, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder? This course in critical thinking and writing explores mental illnesses examined by Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist, Eric Kandel, in his new book, "The Disordered Mind", prefigured in great works of modern art-stories, paintings, sculptures by Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Grace Hartigan, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, Alexander Calder, and others. Students will choose research topics related to their interests for their final essay projects.