ENGL3985The Body in Literature (O) 3 ch (3C) (W)

Many visceral notions — that is, ideas about bodies — may seem new to us; transgender, mental health, feminism, anti-racism, and bioethical concerns come to mind. Yet literary texts from a variety of periods anticipate many of these fields and often do so with scant attention to social acceptability. This course focuses on bodily matters as they appear in poetry, drama, and prose: desire, illness, technology, emotion, gender, race, species, suffering, pleasure, etc.