Course Detail
Course Components:
Working in a medical/health humanities tradition, this course explores literature and cultural texts engaged with questions of health and wellness. Investigations of literary narratives (both fictional and non-fictional) of illness, disease, treatment, recovery, dying, and death will set up deeper understandings of the role such texts play in representing and shaping knowledge and experiences of health, wellness, and medicine. Questions concerning race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, and other socio-economic considerations add further nuance to discussions about: the social and cultural constructions of health and illness; access to healthcare; and the meanings of personal and community health.