Book Review

‘The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing’ reviewed by Julie E Kutac

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing by Martina Zimmerman (Palgrave, 2017). In The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing, Martina Zimmermann undertakes the ambitious task of critically assessing the small canon of book-length illness narratives written by people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  The timeliness of the Read more…

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Call for Review: ‘Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia’ by Megha Amrith.

We are delighted to offer Caring for Strangers by Megha Amrith (Nias Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Caring for Strangers explores the personal narratives, experiences and aspirations of Filipino medical workers living and working in Singapore and beyond. Today, the Philippines has become one of the Read more…

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Call for Review: ‘The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorder is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled’ by Jason Schnittker.

We are delighted to offer The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled  by Jason Schnittker (Columbia University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Mental illness is many things at once: It is a natural phenomenon that is also shaped by Read more…

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Call for Review: ‘Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical intervention in Medical Humanities’ by Anne Whitehead.

We are delighted to offer Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction by Anne Whitehead (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This book marks a critical intervention in the medical humanities that takes issue with its understanding of empathy as something that one has. Drawing Read more…

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Call for Review: ‘Digital Storytelling in Health and Social Policy: Listening to Marginalised Voices’ by Nicole Matthews and Naomi Sunderland.

We are delighted to offer Digital Storytelling in Health and Social Policy by Nicole Matthews and Naomi Sunderland (Routledge, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. As digital life stories continue to assume more and more significance across a range of institutions, so too does their potential to Read more…

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Book Review

‘The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and its Opposites’ reviewed by Dr Sarah Klein.

‘The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and its Opposites’ edited by Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, and James Wilkes (Palgrave, 2016). The Restless Compendium is aptly named: restlessness both references the book’s topic and its strategy. The compendium, (which is open access and available online) assembles twenty-two distinct contributions with Read more…

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Call for Review: ‘Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India’ by Michele Friedner.

We are delighted to offer Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India by Michelle Friedner, (Rutgers, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book may be particularly suited to anthropologists or researchers working in disability studies. Although it is commonly believed that deafness and disability limits a Read more…

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Book Review

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ reviewed by Emma Seaber.

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ edited by Jean Peter Garratt (Palgrave, 2016). The Cognitive Humanities is an edited collection of eleven essays from across the humanities, including literary studies, linguistics, theatre and performance studies, philosophy and history. Whilst the volume is not presented as a primer Read more…

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Conference Review

Collaboration, Cooperation and Conversations: The Inaugural Congress of the NNMHR (blog post by Natalie Mullen, Lancaster University)

Natalie Mullen is a PhD candidate based at Lancaster University. Her research is funded by the AHRC and examines patient agency in the nineteenth-century asylum. The Inaugural Congress of the NNMHR (#NNMHR17) fell in the final weeks of the second year of my PhD. I had just finished working on Read more…

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