The Face of War: Figuring Empathy in Pat Barker’s Life Class – Anne Whitehead (Public Lecture, Durham Light Infantry Museum, 21 June 2012)

Durham University Institute of Advanced Study and the Centre for Medical Humanities The Recovery of Beauty series presents:

A public lecture in association with the exhibition ‘About Face’:

Anne Whitehead

‘The Face of War: Figuring Empathy in Pat Barker’s Life Class

Thursday 21st June 2012


Durham Light Infantry Museum, 7.30pm.


Free entry, and to be followed by wine and light refreshments

Examining how the relationship between literature and medicine is being positioned in contemporary writing.

Dr. Anne Whitehead is a Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature & Theory at Newcastle University.  She has a particular interest in the intersections between trauma and literature, and literature and memory.  In these contexts she has published on the work of Pat Barker, W.G. Sebald and Kazuo Ishiguro, amongst others.  Her current work broadens out from these concerns to centre on how the relationship between literature and medicine is being positioned in contemporary writing, with a particular focus on representations of the medical doctor.

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