Spring 2023 Undergraduate English Courses

359:209 Introduction to Health, Medicine and Literature

01  MTH3   CAC   05441   JURECIC   SC-207

 In the 21st century, disease appears to belong to the clean, well-lighted place of fact and biology. And yet, illness and medical treatment take place in culture and are complicated by language, history, economics, and politics. Literature about illness and/or medicine often explores the meeting place of science and culture, along with shifting understandings of patient and doctor, health and illness, body and mind. In this course, we’ll discuss how literature about illness explores embodiment as well as the social and cultural environments that shape experience. We’ll read a range of 20th-and 21st-century texts: fiction that explores the possibilities and limits of language; nonfiction about that reveal how different cultures define health and healing; texts that raise questions about the relationship between our brains and our selves; and, of course, contagion and pandemic.