Literature and Medicine

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American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, March 20-23, New York
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This seminar seeks to explore the intersection between literature and medicine and to reflect on the role of the comparative method in humanities-based approaches to scientific inquiry. Proposals about any of the possible connections between literature and medicine are welcome, in particular about

* cross-disciplinary methodologies
* the present state and the future of medical humanities
* historical perspectives on the intersection between literature and medicine
* the practice of narrative medicine
* pedagogical considerations regarding courses on literature and medicine
* the representation of disease and treatment in literary texts
* the relationship between doctors and patients in different cultural and historical contexts
* the role of popular literature in educating the public about medical issues
* the origins and developments of scriptotherapy and bibliotherapy
* literary reflections on medical ethics