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ENG 580: Critical Theory Seminar: Literature and Medicine: Home

Supports scholarship in narrative empathy, narrative medicine and medical humanities

Course Description

To support scholarship in medical humanities through careful reading of literary texts to study concepts like narrative empathy, sympathetic imagination, perspective taking and emotional cognition in the field of narrative medicine or medical humanities.  Dr. Emily Griesinger

Medical Humanities, Narrative Medicine

Medicine practiced with narrative competence as a way to promote and support healing

Pioneers in the field: 

Rita Charon and Rachel Naomi Remen




Illness experience

Narrative genetics

Palliative care

Scholarly Journals

British Medical Journal

The Journal of Medical Ethics

Institute of Medical Ethics

Music and Medicine

Journal of Religion &Health
Academic Medicine
Journal of Pain & Symptom Management
Narrative inquiry in Bioethics
Pain Management
Literature and Medicine
Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry
Journal of Religion & Health
Medical Education
Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics


Pellegrinaio Santa Maria della Scala

"Healing the Sick," fresco by Domenic di Bartolo, 1441- 1442, The Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala.  In the Public Domain.

APU Databases

What is a library database? (RMIT University)

MLA International Bibliography, core literature database

Project Muse, complete, full-text collection of scholarly journals in a variety of fields

Literature Online, a searchable database of key criticism and reference resources

Proquest Databases, multiple databases in the arts and the humanities

Oxford Reference Online, an online reference library including dictionaries and encyclopedias

Academic Search Premier

ATLA Religion Database

Librarian & Curator

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Luba Zakharov
Azusa Pacific University
Hugh and Hazel Darling Library
701 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702
626.815.6000, ext. 5938

Sample articles for research

Norton, Kay, "How music-inspired weeping can help terminally ill patients,"  Journal of Medical Humanities (Academic Search Premier [database]).

Clinch, Nanette, "Liminality and the ethical challenges presented by innovative medical procedures," Global perspectives on technological innovation (Academic Search Premier [database]).

Citation Resources

Online Writing Lab, (OWL), Perdue University

How to Cite Sources in MLA Format, Kimberley Stephenson, APU Libguide

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, APU hardcopy

MLA Formatting and Style Guide, Purdue Online Writing Lab

Zotero, Free, Firefox extension to help you manage your citations