Frankenstein to X-Men: Bioethics in Literature and Film
Popular culture both reflects and informs our understanding of bioethics; examining historical and contemporary literature and film offers valuable insights towards changing attitudes regarding medicine, technology, and human rights. We will discuss Frankenstein and X-Men to explore such topics as critical race studies, disability studies, and research ethics, among others. We will investigate the reciprocity between narrative—understood as the form and means of storytelling—and ethics, particularly in the domain of illness, bioethics, and medical practice. Finally, we will discuss the ways in which such texts are a useful pedagogical tool for clinicians and non-clinicians alike.