Narrative and Medicine


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Narrative and Medicine

Course Description

This course surveys literary and popular texts to explore the historical and cultural factors affecting narratives about, and popular understandings of, medicine and illness. Students consider how clinical practice is represented in narratives; how different forms of storytelling reflect attitudes toward illness; and how literal and figurative representation of illness can function through narrative as powerful vehicles for social critique.

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Boston, MA

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HUM 456: Narrative and Medicine