ENGL 595 (01) - Literary Topics

Literary Topics

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 16136
Investigate in depth a literary topic of particular interest, in a course specially designed for both majors and non-majors. Themes vary from semester to semester--recent topics include the contemporary short story, Irish literature, animals in literature, and the literature of the Vietnam War. See the English Department for details of current offerings. May be repeated for credit, barring duplication of topic.
Section Comments: Special Topic: Lit & Medicine
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): ENGL 595H, ENGL 595W
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Sandhya Shetty

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 9:40am - 11:00am HS 201
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2024 Special Topic: Literature & Medicine

Focusing on the intersections between literature and medicine, this course is for anyone curious about the cultural dimensions of medicine. With the help of literature, we will read and write about the enduring questions that arise around situations and experiences the body and mind undergo when sick, recovering, suffering, or dying. We will examine historical and visual texts that enhance our understanding of medicine and of literature, two discourses with affiliations that go back centuries.  Ranging over several centuries and cultures, the works selected help us define key historical moments as well as urgent contemporary issues with respect to the body, human and sometimes nonhuman. Collectively, the literary texts we will read illuminate the experience of illness (pain, suffering, sympathy etc.); explore the nature of medical practice and disease in various cultures and  the way the medical is intertwined with the politics underlying these realms of human experience;  provide a historical perspective on all of the foregoing. Texts will be drawn from different genres (fiction, essay, and drama), national cultures, and historical periods.  

This course satisfies the Genres or Theory requirment for English Majors. 

This course satisfies a Post-1800 Literature requirement for English Literature, English: TBD, English/Law 3+3, English/Journalism Majors.

This course satisfies the "One English Course in Writing, Linguistics, Critical Theory, Film or Literature" requirement for English Teaching Majors. 



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