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Autobiographies of Mental Illness

Before starting Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, I was interested in memoir’s relation to mental illness. I wondered, are memoirs like Jamison’s successful? Are they able to capture the true nature of the illnesses they discuss? Do they work to change perceptions concerning mental illness?  What are the benefits and detriments of these types of personal narratives?  

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Questions

Below are a list of questions I hope to explore throughout the semester that concern the relations among disability studies, mental illness, and literature:

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