ENGL 415C (01) - Literature and Medicine

Literature and Medicine

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 15405
Literary representations of medical practice are used to prompt discussion of broad issues concerning medical philosophy and medical ethics, the image of the medical professional in the media, differing conceptions of healing in various social contexts worldwide, and changes in biological science and medicine on the larger society. Ideal for students interested in: Health Care, Biomedical Sciences, Physical therapy, and Nutrition.
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Prerequisite(s): ENGL 401 with minimum grade of B
Equivalent(s): ENGL 415A, ENGL 415B, ENGL 415E, ENGL 415F, ENGL 415G, ENGL 415J
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: Sandhya Shetty

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HS 108
Final Exam 12/19/2023 12/19/2023 T 10:30am - 12:30pm HS 108
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2023 Detailed Description

This course focuses on literary representations of the body, medicine, illness, disease, and public health. We will study a selection of imaginative works that have significant medical interest. In other words, we will read mostly non-medical writing that engages with some aspect of medicine; illuminates the experience of illness (pain, suffering, sympathy etc.); explores the nature of disease, its roots or causes and politics; provides a historical perspective on all of the foregoing. These works will be drawn from different literary genres (fiction, essay, and drama) and historical periods, and will represent a range of viewpoints.  Readings, discussions, and assignments are designed to help students develop their analytic-interpretive skills.  This is certainly a course that can benefit those intending to be healthcare professionals; but it is mainly a course designed for anyone curious about how the domain of the medical intersects with broader extra-medical aspects of human culture and experience.

ENGL 444 and 415 courses may not be taken for Major credit by ENGL Department majors.

This course satisfies HUMA/DISC.