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Perspectives on the Abortion Experience in Western Fiction
Abortion care is one of the oldest and most controversial challenges of our time. As Marshall McLuhan said, "the medium is the message"; this course will explore how the media deliveres messages about abortion care as well as the broader questions of how abortion care and related issues in reproductive health and justice are fundamentally integrated into the societal fabric of U.S. and global societies. Examination of how abortion care is portrayed in novels and films provides the student of history, anthropology, and biology with unique insights into not only the author or director's perspectives, but also into societal attitudes and mores. Course texts will include novels, stories, social media and film excerpts. You will be asked to write essays in response to specific perspectives raised by the readings or viewing for that week and complete a final project on a topic of your choice related to one of the texts.
This course will be led by Dr. Erica Cahill with Dr. Paul Blumenthal as a monthly guest lecturer.