ARSC390-082 Honors Colloquium

The Art of Medicine

Fall 2013
305 ISE
MWF 10:10 – 11:00
Syllabus: Syllabus for ARSC390-082 2013F
Research conferences: Schedule for 2013F


Instructor: Ray Peters
Office: Room 302, 186 S. College Ave.
Conference hours: 8-12 on TR and by appointment
Office telephone: (302) 831-8567
E-mail: rpeters@udel.edu
WWW: www.udel.edu/honors/rpeters
Writing Fellows Program: www.udel.edu/honors/writingfellows

Writing Fellows assigned to ARSC390-082

Course description

We will explore connections between the arts and medicine by looking at the patient-doctor relationship, the interpretation of illness, the duties and responsibilities of medical professionals, bioethics, death and dying, and other topics in medicine. Using stories, plays, films, essays, memoirs, poems, and the visual arts, we will examine the many challenges faced by medical professionals and patients as they deal with birth, death, health, illness, suffering, treatment, and recovery. We will study works by doctors and nurses who are also accomplished authors (such as Anton Chekhov, William Carlos Williams, Alice Jones, Richard Selzer, Cortney Davis, and David Hilfiker) as well as provocative works on medical themes, such as The Elephant Man, Wit, and Miss Evers’ Boys. Students will write brief response papers, analytical essays, and a research paper analyzing the connection between medicine and the arts by focusing on an author or artist of their choice.


Useful resources

For more information, contact rpeters@udel.edu.

Last updated: September 21, 2013