Special Topics in Language and Literature: Doctors’ Stories

English 390S-7.04

This class will explore both the stories doctors tell about themselves, and the stories that have been told about them. We will begin by considering what “becoming a doctor” has meant to people of different genders, ethnicities and social classes. We will go on to investigate some of the roles doctors play in modern society, and the ethical dilemmas that accompany those roles. Issues to be discussed include: doctors at the intersection of science and social management; the ethics of empathy between doctors and patients; and doctors as border crossers.