A study of the relations between literature and culture, with a specific thematic focus. Examples include Literature and Law, American Gothic, and Drugs, Literature and Culturet.
Current Semester InformationWayne Glausser
393A: Tps:Drugs,Lit, & Culture
Literature and Culture: Advanced Topics: Drugs, Literature, and Culture
Humans of all cultures have used mind-altering drugs and written about them: to tell stories about new moods, perspectives, and behaviors; to explore aesthetic and metaphysical implications; to shape altered consciousness into religious ritual; to promote drugs as therapeutic marvels; or to prohibit and even demonize their use. In this course we will be studying a variety of literary and cultural texts connected with the use and interpretation of drugs. After a few discussions of general questions and the hard-to-classify drug known as marijuana, we will focus on texts related to three basic classes of drugs: psychedelics, narcotics, and stimulants.