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ADS-3200: Addiction in Literature & Film

This course will explore addiction in literature and film and encourage students to consider varying perspectives of addiction and its portrayal in these mediums. Students will be provided with an opportunity to view addiction through the lens of classic writers such as Tolstoy, Cheever, Parker and Poe as well as contemporary provocative works by Verghese, Bullitt-Jonas and the Barthelme brothers who collectively give shape and meaning to the raw experience of uncontrollable urges. Students will have an opportunity to analyze themes such as escape, desire, emptiness, and need, which form a crucial part of many literary and film experiences, particularly in contemporary works. This journey will also explore addiction in (American) film as we view clips from powerfully compelling movies that will provide students an opportunity to view societal and cultural perspectives as well as social justice issues brought forth in film. Students will be invited to explore the systems and power structures in place in these mediums that either knowingly, or unknowingly, have an impact on society’s experience with addiction. Students will also be asked to contribute their critical perspective on how addiction is portrayed in literature and film and their views on how the stigma associated with addiction is represented.
Min. Credits: 3.0 Max Credits: 4.0
Credit Basis: Quarter credit
Location(s): Antioch Univ Los Angeles
Method(s): Classroom
Course Type Liberal & Disciplinary Studies



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