Fall 2011

Representing Illness

Listed in: English, as ENGL-125

Formerly listed as: ENGL-01

Faculty

Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)

Description

With a focus on the skills of close reading and analytical writing, we will look at the ways in which writers imagine illness, how they try to make meaning out of illness, and how they use illness to explore other aspects of experience.  This is not a course on the history of illness or the social construction of disease.  We will discuss not only what writers say about illness but also how they say it: with what language and in what form they speak the experience of bodily and mental suffering.  Readings may include drama by Sophocles, Molière and Margaret Edson; poetry by Donne and Mark Doty; fiction by José Saramago and Mark Haddon; and essays by Susan Sontag, Raphael Campo and Temple Grandin.

Preference given to first-year students.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Bosman.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to first-year students. This is a first course in English.

Keywords

Writing attentive

Offerings

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2016