In recent decades there has been increased interest in medicine as both a science and an art as the humanities have sought to advocate for a more empathetic, attentive and personal approach to clinical practices. This course explores cultural representations of illness from the multidisciplinary perspectives of the medical humanities to illuminate how narratives participate in representing, shaping and interrogating experiences of illness. This course examines the possibilities and limitations of narrative in the expression of illness and asks students to consider the ethical and epistemological implications of illness narratives for patients, caregivers, medical professionals and the general public.