Fall 2019

Representing Illness

Listed in: English, as ENGL-125

Formerly listed as: ENGL-01


Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)


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.

Twelve seats reserved for first-year students. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Bosman.

ENGL 125 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CONV 308
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CONV 308


Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023