ENG 393 - Special Topics in African American Literature
Special Topic for Fall 2017: Mecial Ethics in Black Women’s Fiction
Utilizing the framework of the medical humanities, this seminar explores narratives of health, wellness, and ethics in works by black women writers. The medical humanities, or “narrative ethics” as it is more specifically termed, is concerned with the historical practices of traditional scientific medicine and medical research and the various ethical abuses that have occurred throughout history in the name of scientific advancement. Because medicine and its practitioners wield considerable influence in the wellness outcomes of so many, narrative ethics as a discourse seeks to “humanize” medicine through narrative. This course explores how black women, who have so often been instrumentalized in scientific medical research while receiving the least benefit, understand and approach the question of ethics and humane treatment in medicine. May be repeatable for credit.
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