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
Samuel Ernest reflects on HIV/AIDS and the study of the Catholic Church since the 1980s In Christian theology, HIV/AIDS has been considered primarily within the context of ecclesiology, or the study of the church,
Neko Mellor reviews Moving World’s latest issue, ‘Literature, Medicine, Health’ (edited by Clare Barker). At the time of writing this review, the UK is in its seventh week of lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic, and
In his paper, presented at the Representing Women’s Health conference’s “Speculative Fiction” panel, Jonathan Thornton explores the interconnected anxieties of pregnancy and climate change. In a report in Global Health Action in 2013, ‘Climate
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