Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Exploring timeless human questions and studying essential human experiences through diverse perspectives.

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Spring 2014 Courses

LBS 706 Reading Illness Narratives: Clinical & Literary Perspectives

This course will examine fiction, memoirs, poems, plays, films, medical journal articles, and feminist theory that represent the experience of living with (and sometimes dying of) a serious illness. From their perspectives as a psychosocial oncologist and a literary and gender studies scholar, the professors will seek to illuminate how contemporary writers depict life-threatening illness, what people living with chronic disease choose to document, and what literary and visual techniques they use. We will also consider what these artists teach others about living close to death and how gender affects the themes and strategies of illness narratives. Emphasis will be placed on how the quality and skill of empathy appears in assigned texts and how it impacts patients, caregivers, readers, and viewers.

WEDNESDAY, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Tribble Hall A202
January 15 – April 30
(no class on March 12– spring break)

Dr. Mary DeShazer is Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Wake Forest University and has taught interdisciplinary courses in women’s literature and feminist theory for thirty years. She is the author of two books on women’s writing about cancer: Fractured Borders: Reading Women’s Cancer Literature (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2005) and Mammographies: The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2013).

Dr. Richard McQuellon is a psychosocial oncologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center who has thirty years of experience offering clinical and professional support to cancer patients. He is also the co-author of The Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers.


LBS 707 Ideas and Practices in Contemporary Political Protests

The notion that contemporary political protests lack coherent ideas and visions has become sufficiently commonplace as to warrant critical investigation. Focusing on several recent cases from both the national and international scene, our seminar will explore the following questions:  What are intellectual origins of and political visions being articulated by those individuals and groups active in recent waves of protest activity? What old and new understandings of some of the central concepts of politics—such as identity, power, sovereignty, territory, government, the state, democracy, the public sphere, movement, protest, and representation—emerge from these actions and our analysis of them?

TUESDAY, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.        Kirby A302
January 14 – April 29
(no class on March 11– spring break)

Dr. Michaelle Browers (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is an associate professor of political science.  She teaches a wide variety of topics on the history of political thought, with much of her recent research focusing on contemporary Arab political thought, and the oppositional activity that led to the uprisings in the Arab region.  Her books include Democracy and Civil Society in Arab Political Thought (Syracuse, 2006), Contemporary Arab Political Ideologies (Cambridge, forthcoming 2009), and An Islamic Reformation? (edited with Charles Kurzman, Lexington Books, 2004).