ESSE 2016 – Call for papers – Panel on literature & medical discourse in 20th & 21st centuries

ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August

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CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does  Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature. Please contact the panel convenors directly if you are interested.


Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA

Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille

29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France


Professor Clare Hanson

Faculty of Humanities
, University of Southampton

Avenue Campus 
SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom