Editorial Introduction: Women and Medicine in American Literature and Culture

Ingrid Gessner

Abstract


The articles in this special issue of COPAS are the products of an advanced seminar on “Women and Medicine in American Literature and Culture” I taught at the universities of Regensburg and Bamberg during the winter semester 2014-2015. The interdisciplinary nature of the seminar was underscored by the collaboration of students from different disciplinary backgrounds on projects at the interface of medicine, health, and gender in American literature, film, and TV series. Together, students analyzed the representations of women in medical professions from historical, cultural, and literary points of view in ‘texts’ from the second half of the nineteenth century until today and presented their research results at a student symposium at the University of Bamberg on 12 February 2015.

Keywords


Butler; gender; medical humanities; teaching; pedagogy; conference; symposium; health

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