Reviewer needed: ‘History of a Suicide’ by Jill Bialosky

We are pleased to offer for review ‘History of a Suicide‘ by Jill Bialosky (Granta, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she Read the full article…

Fully-Funded PhD Studentship in French and the Medical Humanities at Nottingham Trent University

PhD Studentship in French Literature/Culture (including cinema) with a focus on the Medical Humanities. Proposals investigating the following areas within this field are particularly welcome: representations of illness; disease; pain; trauma; disability; old age; mourning; care/caring/carer. A background in literary/critical theory is helpful. Specific qualifications include a 2:1 in French and an MA/MRes in French Read the full article…

‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ reviewed by Chisaki Fukushima

‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Jason Danely has produced a moving account of the contradictions of ageing and loss in contemporary Japan. He intentionally eschews a heavy handed theoretical approach, in favour of one that prioritises the stories of the people with whom he Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely (Rutgers University Press, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book may be of particular interest to anthropologists and social scientists. ‘By 2030, over 30% of the Japanese population will Read the full article…

Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning – reviewed by Allison Adler Kroll

‘Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning’ by Mark Sandy (Ashgate, 2013).  The central premiss of Mark Sandy’s Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning is that Romantic memory, entirely circumscribed by the profound sense of loss which accompanies all forms of history, both personal and public, works by way of ‘wilful erasure’ (p.6), embedding every act of commemoration with mourning Read the full article…

Death Online Research Symposium (Durham, 9th-10th April 2014)

When: 2pm Wednesday April 9th – 6pm Thursday April 10th, 2014. Where: Collingwood College, Durham University. Cost: £30 for both days, with additional costs for dinner and accommodation. Co-hosted by the Death Online Research Network and Durham University’s Centre for Death and Life Studies. As digital media have become an integral part of our everyday Read the full article…

Grief. Language. Art. (CfP, Conference, Liverpool, 8-10 July 2014)

Grief. Language. Art. University of Liverpool, 8-10 July 2014 For my rough sorrows; cease, be dumb and mute, Give up your feet and running to mine eyes, And keep your measures faor some lover’s lute, Whose grief allows him music and a rhyme; George Herbert (1593-1633) He was a burned man and I was a Read the full article…

‘Death in Scotland, from the medieval to the modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices’ (CFP, Conference, Edinburgh, 31 Jan–2 Feb 2014)

‘Death in Scotland, from the medieval to the modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices’ New College, University of Edinburgh, Friday 31 January 2014 – Sunday 2 February 2014 Plenary speakers include: • Professor Jane Dawson, John Laing Professor of Reformation History, Edinburgh University: “‘With one foot in the grave”: death in life and life in death in Reformation Scotland’. Read the full article…

How can literary theories of mourning be brought into the 21st Century? Some help would be much appreciated!

Naomi Banks writes: I am due to present a paper at the ‘Poetry and Melancholia‘ conference this July in Stirling.  My contribution to this conference is based on a section of my PhD thesis on Northern Irish Elegy.  Elegy can be basically defined as the poetry of mourning, or more poetically, ‘the literary site of Read the full article…