Medicine and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Ref: C3530592

This course will look at a variety of extracts from literature across the nineteenth century to see the interconnections between medicine and literature during this period. We will discuss how medicine and science was interpreted and represented through literature of the day and discuss how literature influenced the writing and practice of the medical profession.

Additional information about this course

No fee waiver is available No session on 31st October

Course aim

This course will look at the history of medicine and its connections with literature in the nineteenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand how medicine was represented in a range of literature from the period.
  • consider what influenced the representation of medicine in popular nineteenth-century literature.
  • consider how popular literature influenced the writing and practice of the medical profession.
  • consider the context of a variety of different forms of literary production from the period.
  • understand the creativity and literary features of medical writing.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Pens and paper for note taking. One text will need to be purchased - Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be useful if people could have read Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper in advance of the course. All other material will be provided.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Medicine and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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