Odyssey: Literature and Medicine: Narratives of Illness, Suffering, and the Recovery of Wholeness

Illness is a "call for stories," some that give voice to the pain of illness, some that chart the road to recovery, and some that convey the healing power that storytelling has traditionally provided. In this course we read narratives written by and about those whose lives have been disrupted by illness, and we explore the ways in which these experiences are shaped by modern medical practices and cultural beliefs. Finally, we consider how illness as story powerfully reminds us of our shared human vulnerabilities and the complex human resources that can be called into being by affliction. We will read two short novels by Tolstoy and Kafka, two memoirs by Audré Lorde and Anatole Broyard, and selected short stories by Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, and Amy Hempel.

911.277.01 Homewood Campus Cost: $186 (6 sessions) Wednesday, Feb. 25 to April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50% remission. Note that you are unable to register online and receive the discount.

For more information, call 410-516-8516.