CPLT 334 Literature and Medicine

Drawing on texts from different countries, this course investigates literature's obsession with medicine. Literary representations of doctors and patients, as well as the effect of sickness on family structure, touching on mental and physical suffering of various kinds—hysteria and depression, childbirth and abortion, disability, PTSD and AIDS, death and mourning, the search for healing, and the redemptive power of art. Attention will be given to the links between the treatment of medical issues in fiction and autobiographies. Selected visual representations, in film and photography, will also be introduced.


One 200-level course in literature or by permission of the instructor. Not open to first-year students.



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