Lena Maria Lorenz reviews A Multidisciplinary Approach to Embodiment. Understanding Human Being (Routledge, 2021), edited by Nancy K. Dess. In this 20-essay volume, concepts of embodiment serve to answer the question of what (human)
Jade Elizabeth French reviews Literature and Ageing (Boydell & Brewer, 2020), edited by Elizabeth Barry and Margery Vibe Skagen. The opening introduction to ‘Literature and Ageing’ offers a range of reasons why ageing, as a literary
Georgia Haire reviews Vaccinating Britain: Mass vaccination and the public since the Second World War (Manchester University Press, 2019) by Gareth Millward. Throughout the post-war period, the British public actively accepted, even demanded, vaccines
The Polyphony’s very own Associate Editor Chase Ledin reviews Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training (New York: New York University Press, 2020) by Kelly Underman. Feeling Medicine investigates the role of the
Elizabeth Hornsey reviews Transplantation Gothic: Tissue transfer in literature, film and medicine (Manchester University Press, 2020) by Sara Wasson. Medicine and the study of literature are, I argue, engaged in a very similar set of ventures: that is,
How is epidemiology shaped by the political structures of class, race and colonial power? Consequently, how might public health practices perpetuate global inequities? Steven Wilson reviews Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Public Health (The MIT
Anna Kemball reviews Joanna Ziarkowska’s Indigenous Bodies, Cells, and Genes: Biomedicalization and Embodied Resistance in Native American Literature (Routledge, 2020). In Indigenous Bodies, Cells, and Genes, Joanna Ziarkowska maps how biomedicine has reshaped and
Tobias Dietrich reviews W.J.T. Mitchell’s Mental Traveler (University of Chicago Press, 2020). “Amateurs and lovers are those who look on beauty and liken themselves to it, thus say they ‘like it’: but professionals,
James Rakoczi reviews Matthew Wolf-Meyer’s Unraveling: Remaking Personhood in a Neurodiverse Age (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2020). Unraveling is about facilitated communication, regimes of personhood, and just how far our nervous systems
Fraser Riddell reviews Peter Fifield’s Modernism and Physical Illness: Sick Books (Oxford: 2020). Modernism and Physical Illness explores how modernist texts present the experience of illness as something which strikingly transforms the everyday, ‘bracketing the habitual,
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