2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

ENGL 20713 Literature and Medicine

This course examines literary works in a variety of genres that treat topics related to health care and medicine. Students will consider ways in which narrative shapes cultural understandings of health, sickness, and the body as well as ways in which literary writers have used health and sickness as metaphors to explore the human condition. Themes may include caregiving, doctor/patient relationships, chronic illness, reproduction, mental illness, infection and contagion, and disability.