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In Winter 2019, Dr. Sarah Brophy will be offering English 2NH3: “Narratives of Health.” This course is open to all students at Level II or above in any program.

What can stories and images of embodied life teach us about how to care for ourselves and for others? Located at specific intersections of citizenship, community, family, the individual “bodymind,” and the environment, narratives of health or of the search or demand for it have the power to shape how we respond to some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time.

In this course, students will be guided to read deeply and to think imaginatively and critically about how health/wellness, disability, illness, trauma, care, kinship, medicine, and healing are envisioned in contemporary culture, in dialogue with studies in decolonization, resistance, migration, race, Indigeneity, and gender/sexuality. Media modes students will study include graphic narrative, literary fiction, film, personal and theoretical essays, photography, and digital storytelling. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills in reading and writing.

For course inquiries or help enrolling, please contact the Department at engdept@mcmaster.ca or ext. 24491, located in CNH 321.