Studies in Literature and the Mind: Literature and Medicine

Course Number: ENGL 170LM
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 170AA-ZZ
Quarter: Fall 2010
Instructor:
Day(s): M W
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: SH 2635
Description:

The practice of medicine is powerfully influenced by cultural assumptions. This course will inquire into the culture of current Western medicine through the reading of literature, including non-fiction essays, fiction (including Pat Barker's The Ghost Road) poetry and drama (including Margaret Edson's Wit and Tony Kushner's Angels in America). We will consider the perspectives of patients and families as well as those of health care providers. Requirements include a reading journal (one entry per class) and two longer (4-5 page) papers.

Required Texts:

Wit, Margaret Edson

The Ghost Road, Pat Barker

Angels in America, Tony Kushner

The Social Medicine Reader, 2nd ed., volume I (Duke University Press)