BA course: cancer in public discourse

In 1978 Susan Sontag’s Illness as a metaphor was published. The claim she made was that metaphors and visual images are harmful for the patient. Some commentators, in reflecting on her arguments, wondered whether these cultural artefacts were in fact categories that play a role of their own in moral contemplation. Moreover, people discussed in what way these images and metaphors functioned as instruments, and, if so, whether they could (or should) be replaced by better instruments. This BA course ‘Illness, image, metaphor: cancer in public discourse’ focuses on the research of these artefacts and their effect in reality and starts 2 February 2015. Read more about the course here.

Romy van den Heerik • January 26, 2015

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