How should thinkers across the disciplines conceptualise emotional life? What role do theories and histories of affect play in how we conceptualise cultural analysis, or in how we think about aesthetics? Birgit Breidenbach reviews Ruth
Rachel Jane Liebert reviews Jonathan Metzl’s Dying of Whiteness: How the politics of racial resentment is killing America’s heartland (Basic Books: 2019). Having found Jonathan Metzl’s previous books – Prozac on the Couch and The
Emily Sinclair reviews Andrew Russell’s Anthropology of Tobacco: Ethnographic adventures in non-human worlds (Routledge: 2019). In his Anthropology of Tobacco Andrew Russell takes a refreshing look at the history of this plant, both spirit and
Wendy Lowe takes a look at a new edited collection on shame, and explores its relevance to the medical humanities. In some ways, because Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame deals with a cultural tendency to
Sierra Moreno reviews Kathleen Béres Rogers’ Creating Romantic Obsession: Scorpions in the Mind (Palgrave Macmillan: 2019) In Francisco Goya’s 1799 etching The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, a slumped figure is assailed by a cloud
Marie Allitt reviews Alan Bleakley’s Educating Doctors’ Senses Through the Medical Humanities: “How do I look?” (Routledge: 2020). Building on many years as professor of medical humanities in medical education, Alan Bleakley’s Educating Doctors’ Senses Through
Lena Maria Lorenz reviews Nathan H. White & Christopher C.H. Cook’s Biblical and Theological Visions of Resilience: Pastoral and clinical insights (Routledge: 2020). The editors of this innovative volume of fifteen essays justly belief that
How can trainee health professionals learn from the ‘messy reality of actual clinical practice’? Wendy Lowe reviews a new book exploring what learning is, or should be, in medical education. Moments of Rupture combines
How do we convey an experience of pain to others? This question – which has long fascinated scholars in the medical humanities – is addressed in a new book, reviewed here by Susanne Main. Communicating Pain
Michal Raucher reviews Ben Kasstan’s Making Bodies Kosher: The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England (Berghahn: 2019). In Making Bodies Kosher, Ben Kasstan explores the ways Orthodox Jews in Manchester, England respond to public
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