Narrative MedicineSemester Course

DIS Copenhagen, Elective Course, Narrative Medicine
Major Discipline(s)
Literature, Pre-Medicine / Health Science
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

How can literature help us understand illnesses? Combining close readings of fiction and hands-on meetings with doctors, therapists, authors, artists, and members of the ethical council and patient associations, this course explores narrative medicine as part of the new interdisciplinary field Medical Humanities. Gain insight into how literature can help us comprehend experiences of suffering and illness, approach the bioethical implications of treatment, and understand the complex relationship between patient and practitioner.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Ethics, Philosophy


Birgitte Duelund Pallesen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen (2013). BA studies in European Literature, Film and Philosophy, UCL, London, UK. Birgitte has previously worked with cultural journalism and publishing and done editorial work for Gyldendal (2009-14) and (2009-2017). Areas of Interest: Comparative literature (19th-20th century British, Francophone and German literature); Critical and Cultural Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Literary Geography; Medical Humanities/Narrative Medicine. With DIS since 2015.