HNRS 338.501 - Dr. Jenny Shaddock

Identity & Illness: Literature + Medicine

The objective of this course is to answer these questions about health and identity through personal, subjective and intimate experiences of illness as told through fiction, memoir, personal essays, poetry, and film. Understandings of illness are most often taught through objective, empirical knowledge in science courses. This class seeks to expand students’ perspectives and empathy through a humanistic view of the conjunction of identity (individual, family and institutional) and illness.