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ENGL 1702 Reading the Body (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will use literature to explore how the experience of embodiment shapes human identity in contexts including illness, obesity, poverty, disability, pregnancy, trauma, and aging. Through the analysis of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, we will consider the way that bodily experiences, material conditions, and cultural constructions of normalcy shape our understanding of identity in sickness and in health. In our class discussions, we will consider how literary representations of bodies in sickness and health might influence real world actions and interactions by establishing distance or constructing empathy through the act of reading.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laura Tanner

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course:Enduring Questions. For freshmen only


Last Updated: 27-Mar-17