Narratives: Illness & Trauma
Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures
This course examines narratives that attempt to make sense of the problem of disease. Readings and films focus on physical traumas such as cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, amputation, and paralysis as a way of exploring larger themes such as radical body transformation, the sense of the loss of self, and empathy. Is disease salvific? Is it meaningless? The texts explore an array of emotional and ideological responses to human frailty.