Date Thesis Awarded

12-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

English

Advisor

Christopher MacGowan

Committee Members

Robert Scholnick

Henry Hart

Beverly Sher

Abstract

In his careers as both an influential writer and practicing physician, William Carlos Williams united two worlds and transcended the boundary between science and imagination. This paper examines Williams’s medical narratives and analyzes their exploration of the doctor-patient exchange—specifically focusing its inherent complexities of communication brought about by conflicts between professionalism, empathy, authority, observation, science, emotion, and their underlying tensions. Through studying Williams's writings, this paper aims to achieve a deeper understanding of how he portrays physicians and their clients navigating a complex relationship, and how Williams's dual careers came together to impact his own medical experiences and his parallel literary endeavors.

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