Teaching Literature and Medicine

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Courses in literature and medicine flourish in undergraduate, medical school, and continuing-education programs throughout the United States and Canada. This volume presents a variety of approaches to the subject. It is intended both for literary scholars and for physicians who teach literature and medicine or who are interested in interdisciplinary breadth.

The essays describe model courses; list readings widely taught in literature and medicine courses; discuss the value of ...

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Overview

Courses in literature and medicine flourish in undergraduate, medical school, and continuing-education programs throughout the United States and Canada. This volume presents a variety of approaches to the subject. It is intended both for literary scholars and for physicians who teach literature and medicine or who are interested in interdisciplinary breadth.

The essays describe model courses; list readings widely taught in literature and medicine courses; discuss the value of texts in both medical education and the practice of medicine; and provide bibliographic resources, including works in the history of medicine from classical antiquity.

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"A rich source of ideas for courses in literature and medicine designed for a variety of student populations and a range of different institutional settings." --Literature and Medicine

"A rich source of ideas for courses in literature and medicine designed for a variety of student populations and a range of different institutional settings." --Literature and Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873523578
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Options for Teaching Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching Literature and Medicine: A Retrospective and a Rationale 1
Literary Concepts for Medical Readers: Frame, Time, Plot, Desire 29
Illness in America 42
Medical History and Literary Texts 55
The History and Literature of Women's Health 65
Teaching the Body in Texts: Literature, Culture, and Religion 77
Exploring the Human Condition: Literature and Public Health Issues 92
Ethics, Language, and Narrative 105
Madness and Suicide as Themes in Western Literature 119
Mind and Body, Psyche and Soma: Metaphors from Greek Myth through Literature to the Clinic 128
Literature and Medicine as a Writing Course 141
Light to the Mind: Literature in the Medical Spanish Course 151
The Tyranny of the Normal 163
Rhetoric and the Politics of Medical Persuasion 175
Touchstones: A Brief Survey of Some Standard Works 187
Plague Medicine in Langland's Piers Plowman 200
Teaching Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Medical Texts as Literature 208
"Doctor" Frankenstein and "Scientific" Medicine 218
The Nineteenth Century's Obsession with Medicine: Flaubert's Madame Bovary 226
Kafka's Corpus: Writing Tuberculosis and Being Literature 233
The Tigers of Wrath: Mann's Death in Venice as Myth and Medicine 243
"There Is Something Wrong about the Fellow": Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" 252
Birthing Death: Sharon Olds's The Father and the Poetics of the Body 260
The Hospital Poetry of U.A. Fanthorpe 267
Health and Healing in the Works of Three African American Women Writers 277
Critical Conditions: Teaching Illness Narrative 282
"Dancing in Very Narrow Spaces": Pinter's A Kind of Alaska in Performance 289
Sherlock Holmes and Clinical Reasoning 299
Nurses' Poetry: Expanding the Literature and Medicine Canon 306
Literature and the Irony of Medical Science 316
"Poor Yorick": Reflections on Gross Anatomy 327
In Brief: A Literature Seminar in Clinical Medical Education 333
Signifying Medication in Thom Jones's "Superman, My Son" 338
(Un)Professional Relationships in the Gendered Maze of Medicine 344
"Read Two Chapters and Call Me in the Morning": Teaching Literature to Physicians 353
General Bibliographies 367
Journals 367
Anthologies of Primary Sources 367
Online Resources at New York University School of Medicine 368
Centers and Societies 370
Selective Bibliography of Secondary Sources in Literature and Medicine 371
Selective Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources in the History of Medicine 373
Notes on Contributors 385
Index 399
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