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Course: Embodiments: Literature and Medicine 1750-1900 (English Literature, Victorian MLitt)
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'Embodiments' aims to introduce students to a wide historical perspective by moving from the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. It seeks to explore critical approaches and theoretical models of relevance when addressing literary representations of embodiment and related medical discourses, and to encourage students to engage in independent interdisciplinary research in the fields of literature and medicine, as well as introducing them to the growing field of disability studies. By considering a wide range of texts from a variety of different genres, students will be enabled to identify and examine shifts in medical discourse across time and the changing ways in which literary and medical writers interact as medicine becomes a more professionalized and specialised discourse.