Sonakshi Srivastava explores the narrativisation of a caregiver’s well-being in Tishani Doshi’s Girl in White Cotton (2020) Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Tishani Doshi’s Girl in White Cotton or Burnt Sugar (as published
Swati Joshi explores the concepts of self-care and proprioceptive care via Beckett’s last TV play, a wordless piece featuring only a dreaming man and his dreamed self. When one thinks of hands, one visualises
Leanne O’Sullivan’s poetry collection A Quarter of an Hour uses imagery of animals and the natural world to create a bridge between illness and health, showing how understanding and acceptance can be as indispensable in
Kit Yee Wong explores the themes of sickness and degeneration as metaphors for moral and political corruption in Émile Zola’s La Débâcle (1892). This blog post is based on the author’s published article: ‘Degenerate
Niamh Gordon explores narrative structure, grief and bereavement in Ali Smith’s contemporary novels In 2012, poet and philosopher Denise Riley published a slim essay, ‘Time Lived, Without Its Flow.’ The essay details Riley’s experience
Jon Venn reviews So Much More Than a Headache: Understanding Migraine through Literature (The Kent State University Press, 2020) by Kathleen O’Shea. The migraine is a sealed phenomenon and leaves those who suffer from it
Marta-Laura Cenedese and Avril Tynan, convenors of the SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar Series at the University of Turku, Finland, reflect on the first season of the series, “Narratives of Illness”, and look ahead to a second season on “Indigenous Narratives of Healthcare”.
Can the study of human genetics authoritatively address the subject of race? James Hearing reviews Josie Gill’s new book Biofictions, which won the 2020 British Society for Literature and Science book prize.
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
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