July 2018

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Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in June 2018


A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.
Please email Gavin Budge on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2017 onwards will be considered.

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Friday 26 October 2018

School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

Supported by the Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Keynote speaker: Dr Anne Hanley (Birkbeck)

In In Darkest London (1891), Margaret Harkness’s popular novel about activism to alleviate poverty conditions in late nineteenth-century London, a doctor practising in a slum neighbourhood speaks of the ‘disease of caring’ that prompts him to give medical care to people in need of much wider social change. Harkness herself had trained as a nurse and pharmacist and her medical knowledge continued to inform her activist work throughout her working life. Both her own career and the fictional doctor in her novel reflect how, as medical care became increasingly professionalised over the course of the nineteenth century, discourses of medicine, social influence, and activism also grew interlinked. From the radical revisions of care provision developed by nurses such as Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale during and after the Crimean War, to the widening of access to safe and effective birth control by activists from Annie Besant to Marie Stopes, to the founding of the NHS, to protests of junior doctors in the present day, the giving of medical care has often been a radical act, and givers of medical care have often allied themselves with a wide range of activist causes. This one-day symposium will aim to create a dialogue between examples and intentions of medical activists historically and in the present day.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on medical activism in a broad sense. Papers may wish to address the following topics:

* Equality of care and access to care

* Conditions for medical work and care-giving, from field hospitals in the Crimean War to present-day hospital crises

* Personal recognition within the medical profession, from women’s right to practise to demonstrations and strikes of junior doctors

* Public health, from sanitation projects in the nineteenth century to obesity in the present day

* Medical care as activism, from slum doctors in the nineteenth century to Médecins sans frontières

* The activism of medical professionals in non-medical fields

* Patient choice and engagement

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to <activistmedics@gmail.com> by Monday 30 July. Please include with your abstract a biographical statement of no more than 100 words.

Proposals for poster presentations are also welcome. If your proposal is for a poster presentation, please indicate this clearly.

For more information, please visit: thediseaseofcaring.wordpress.com Follow us on Twitter: @diseaseofcaring

The Journal of Literature and Science http://www.literatureandscience.org is once again looking for reviewers to review various articles in the field of literature and science published in the last year to 18 months.

Please find below a number of articles that we would like to offer for review. The list is by no means definitive; there’s such a lot of fascinating work out there, so please do let me know if there’s an article not on the list that you’d like to review.

It’s largely first come, first served, so do get in touch with an offer to do a specific article m.geric@westminster.ac.uk

Reviews should be 750 words long. For more details please follow the link: http://www.literatureandscience.org or contact Michelle m.geric@westminster.ac.uk to register your interest.


Heather Meek. “‘The Wonders of Medicine in Literary Education’: Teaching Eighteenth-Century Hysteria.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30. 3 (2018): 439-448.

Paul Gilmore, “Charles Brockden Brown’s Romance and the Limits of Science and History.” ELH 84. 1 (2017): 117-142.

Mary Kuhn, "Dickinson and the Politics of Plant Sensibility." ELH 85. 1 (2018): 141-170.

Pascale McCullough Manning. “The Hyde We Live In: Stevenson, Evolution, and the Anthropogenic Fog.” Victorian Literature and Culture 46. 1 (2018): 181–99.

Katelin Krieg, “Ruskin, Darwin, and Looking Beneath Surfaces.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 4 (2017): 709–26.

Michelle Boswell, “Poetry and Parallax in Mary Somerville’s On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 4 (2017): 727–44.

Melissa Dickson, “Confessions of an English Green Tea Drinker: Sheridan Le Fanu and the Medical and Metaphysical Dangers of Green Tea.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 1 (2017): 77–94.

David Shackleton, “H. G. Wells, Geology, and the Ruins of Time.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 4 (2017): 839-855.

Elisavet Ioannidou, “Neo-Victorian Visions of the Future: Science, Crime, and Modernity Victoriographies.” 8. 2 (2018: 187-205.

Margaret S. Kennedy, “A Breath of Fresh Air: Eco-Consciousness in Mary Barton and Jane Eyre.Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 3 (2017): 509-526.

Eleanor Dobson, “Gods and Ghost-Light: Ancient Egypt, Electricity, and X-Rays”. Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017): 119-35.

Veronica Alfano, “Technologies of Forgetting: Phonographs, Lyric Voice, and Rossetti’s Woodspurge.” Victorian Poetry 55. 2 (2017): 127-161.

Matthew Rebhorn, “Billy’s Fist: Neuroscience and Corporeal Reading in Melville’s Billy Budd.Nineteenth Century Literature 72. 2 (2017): 218-244.

Rachel Fountain Eames, “Geological Katabasis : Geology and the Christian Underworld in Kingsley's The Water-Babies.” Victoriographies 7. 3 (2017): 195-209.

Thomas M. Stuart, “Out of Time: Queer Temporality and Eugenic Monstrosity.” Victorian Studies 60. 2 (2018): 218-227.

Katja Jylkka, “‘Witness the Plesiosaurus’: Geological Traces and the Loch Ness Monster Narrative.” Configurations 26. 2 (2018): 207-234.

L. Lieberman & R. R. Kline, “Dream of an Unfettered Electrical Future: Nikola Tesla, the Electrical Utopian Novel, and an Alternative American Sociotechnical Imagery.” Configurations 25. 1 (2017): 1-27.

Jocelyn Rodal. “Patterned Ambiguities: Virginia Woolf, Mathematical Variables, and Form.” Configurations 26. 1 (2018): 73-101.

Caracheo, “The Measurement of Time: Mann and Einstein’s Thought Experiments.” Configurations 25. 1 (2017): 29-55.

Kurt Beals, “‘Do the New Poets Think? It's Possible’: Computer Poetry and Cyborg Subjectivity.” Configurations 26. 2 (2018): 149-177.

Christopher D. Kilgore, “Bad Networks: From Virus to Cancer in Post-Cyberpunk Narrative.” Journal of Modern Literature 40. 2 (2016): 165-183.

The Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, invites applications for a three-year position commencing on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salaries are based on the German public service pay scale 13 TV-L. The position can be adapted for doctoral (completion of Ph.D.) or postdoctoral work, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Please click here for more information.