Body Talk


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Body Talk

Course Description

How do culture and language affect how we conceptualize and understand how a “normal” body looks? In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which bodies are conceived, examined and understood through the lens of medical and health humanities. We will examine course topics—including gender, sexuality, race, ableism and ageism, among others—through readings drawn from personal narratives in the form of essays, stories and graphic novels. Assignments will include the composition of analytical texts, and the creation of textual and graphic medical narratives, with students free to frame their final project from a disciplinary perspective of their choosing.

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Harrisonburg, VA

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Body Talk