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…

Reviewer needed: ‘Human Acts: A Novel’ by Han Kang

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Human Acts: A Novel‘ by Han Kang (Portobello Books, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Human Acts is a riveting, poetic and unrelentingly powerful examination of humanity at its most appalling, and its most hopeful. It is an act of extraordinary resistance and a Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgression, Vulnerability, and Difference in British Fiction since 1967’ by Jim Byatt

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgression, Vulnerability, and Difference in British Fiction since 1967‘ by Jim Byat (Lexington Books, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Rethinking the Monstrous considers the remaindered other in contemporary British society and the representation of that other in British fiction since 1967. By Read the full article…

‘The Seven Good Years: A Memoir’ reviewed by Dr Vered Weiss

‘The Seven Good Years: A Memoir’ by Etgar Keret (Granta Books, 2015). The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar Keret is a journal of some of the most intimate moments in a person’s life. A diary of the seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father,[1] the Read the full article…

Making the invisible visible, a review of the Life of Breath launch event.

Sarah McLusky – Project Manager for the Life of Breath project reports on the Life of Breath Launch event: Guests gathered at Durham University’s Joachim Room on 23 September to celebrate the launch of Life of Breath, a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring breathing and breathlessness. Invisibility is a powerful metaphor for breathing, breathlessness and Read the full article…

‘Edith Nesbit’s Dreadful Researches’ (Research Group, Newcastle – Lit and Phil Library, 28 October, 2015)

Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century The next meeting of the group will take place at the Lit and Phil Library, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 28 October between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm. Dr. Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier University, will introduce a session entitled ‘Edith Nesbit’s Dreadful Researches’. Edith Nesbit is best Read the full article…

New Book: Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory by Jamie McKinstry

Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory by Jamie McKinstry is the latest volume in Boydell and Brewer’s series ‘Studies in Medieval Romance’ and discusses a variety of areas including Middle English literature, classical memory theory, and also aspects of Medical Humanities. In Middle English romances many memories are created, stored, forgotten, and rediscovered Read the full article…

‘Cutting for Stone’ reviewed by Vivek Santayana

‘Cutting for Stone‘ by Abraham Verghese (Vintage Books, 2009) Abraham Verghese’s 2009 novel, Cutting for Stone, is a compelling story of a surgeon in Ethiopia who, during his childhood, medical training and early career, tries to reconcile his ideals about medical practice with the tumultuous historical moment in which he lives. It is set entirely Read the full article…

The Lumen (Online launch)

The Lumen magazine has launched its online presence. For more details, click here. To read Issue One – click here. The Lumen is a magazine for new literature and visual art dealing with the themes of illness, medicine and healthcare. It aims to explore the texture, depth and diversity of the personal experience of medicine, Read the full article…