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Maura Spiegel

Senior Lecturer in the Discipline English and Comparative Literature

Maura Spiegel, a founder and the Associate Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, is Senior Lecturer of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she teaches courses on fiction and film. Professor Spiegel co-edited the journal Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press) with Rita Charon, MD, Ph.D., for seven years. Her book, The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History (Workman), was a Book-of-the-Month Club Quality Paperbacks selection. She has written for The New York Times and has published essays on the history of the emotions, Charles Dickens, diamonds in the movies, among many other topics. Professor Spiegel is currently writing a book about the life and films of Sidney Lumet for St. Martin’s Press.


  • Ph.D.,  Columbia University
  • B.A., Bennington College


  • Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine, (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying and Living On, (Anchor/Doubleday, 1997)
  • The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History (Workman, 2002)