Call for Review: ‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858’ by Megan Coyer

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press‘ by Megan Coyer (2016) for review. This book is the first major study of the relationship between Scottish Romanticism and medical culture, and further information about the themes under study can be found at Edinburgh University Press. Expressions of interest are particularly Read the full article…

Ethics, Affect and Responsibility: Global Citizenship and the Act of Reading (Workshop, University of Bristol, 17 September 2016)

How does reading contribute to – and sometimes detract from – our ability to act as truly global citizens in the 21st century? What can literature do to encourage participation in activist movements? By what means might literature help develop a greater understanding of the lives of our far-flung others? Ethics, Affect and Responsibility: Global Citizenship and the Act of Read the full article…

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Aske

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).    Ezra Pound’s observation — ‘beauty is genuinely difficult’ (p. 1) — reminds the reader that discussing the diverse concept of beauty is infamously problematic. This is because the construction of beauty relies on human interaction Read the full article…

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Laura Neff

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Laura Neff offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Alice McLachlan here.  The history of Read the full article…

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Dr Alice McLachlan

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Dr Alice McLachlan offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Laura Neff here.  Having reviewed its Read the full article…

‘Human Acts’ reviewed by Dr Katrina Hinson

‘Human Acts’ by Han Kang (Portobello Books, 2016). Han Kang’s second novel, Human Acts, describes horrific acts of violence done to the body, mind, and spirit and the resulting tension between remembering and forgetting. Kang makes visible the indelible scars of violence left on the soul and the body just as much as she highlights Read the full article…

‘A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine’ reviewed by Ashleigh Blackwood

A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine edited by Corinna Wagner and Andy Brown (Bloomsbury, 2016) Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘A Body of Work,’ Dr Ashleigh Blackwood offers her perspective as a post-doctoral researcher. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Marion Lynch here.  On Thomas De Quincey’s (1821) ‘Confessions of Read the full article…

‘Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgression, Vulnerability, and Difference in British Fiction since 1967’ reviewed by Dr Bonnie Millar

‘Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgression, Vulnerability, and Difference in British Fiction since 1967’ by Jim Byatt (Lexington Books, 2015). Significantly, this book probes the medicalisation of different bodies, with its concomitant management of impairments and medical conditions. The book explores the treatment of the non-normative. The interactions of carers and healthcare staff with their charges and Read the full article…

Literary Networks and Cultural Collaborations: From 19th Century to the Present Day (CfP, Birkbeck, 29th October 2016)

Pierre Bourdieu’s work on an ‘expanded field of cultural production’ has done much to widen our understanding of the full range of cultural practitioners who ‘make’ a text, including publishers, patrons, reviewers, salonnieres as well as the writers themselves. The shift away from focusing on the work of the singular artist to a more collaborative understanding Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corrine Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture Medicine‘ edited by Professors Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller of the Centre for Medical Humanities (Palgrave, 2015).  The Recovery of Beauty comprises fourteen essays exploring what constitutes beauty across time in Western thought and art, its shaping and sustained cultural Read the full article…