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ENGL 3200 The Body in Sickness and Health (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will use contemporary literature to explore how the body shapes identity in contexts including illness, obesity, poverty, disability, pregnancy and aging. Literary texts may include fiction by Margaret Atwood, Rebecca Brown, Lorrie Moore and Jhumpa Lahiri, poetry by Mark Doty and Sharon Olds, and prose by Anatole Broyard, Sherwin Nuland and Atul Gawande. We will also explore portrayals of the body in film, photography and American popular culture. Although this class is open to all students, it may be of special interest to those considering careers in medicine or social work.


Instructor(s): Laura Tanner

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13