Why teach literature and medicine? Answers from three decades

Anne Hudson Jones

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This chapter looks back at some of the earliest attempts by the first generation of literature-and-medicine scholars to answer the question: Why teach literature and medicine? Reviewing the development of the field in its early years, the author examines statements by practitioners to see whether their answers have held up over time and to consider how the rationales they articulated have expanded or changed in the following years and why. Greater emphasis on literary criticism, narrative ethics, narrative theory, and reflective writing has influenced current work in the field in ways that could not have been foreseen in the 1970s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Literature and Medicine Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781137519887
ISBN (Print)9781137519870
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Medicine


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