Book Review

“Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities” by Anne Whitehead reviewed by Iro Filippaki

Anne Whitehead, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). Empathy, power structures, and what we are capable of not doing In a 1988 interview with George Plimpton, Maya Angelou passionately argued for the importance of fiction by saying that Read more…

Call for Reviews

Call for Review: ‘Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical intervention in Medical Humanities’ by Anne Whitehead.

We are delighted to offer Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction by Anne Whitehead (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This book marks a critical intervention in the medical humanities that takes issue with its understanding of empathy as something that one has. Drawing Read more…

Call for Papers

Life Writing and/as Empathy: A Symposium on Narrative Emotions (CFP, Conference, Navarra, 15-17 October 2015)

Life Writing and/as Empathy: A Symposium on Narrative Emotions October 15-17, 2015 Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra (Spain) Plenary Speakers: Professor Suzanne Keen, Washington and Lee University Professor Irene Kacandes, Dartmouth College Professor Arthur Frank, University of Alberta Proposals are sought for a symposium on the articulation Read more…

Call for Papers

The Art of Compassion – Association for Medical Humanities (CfP, Conference, Southampton, 7-9 July 2014)

The University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine looks forward to hosting the Association for Medical Humanities Annual Conference from 7th – 9th July 2014. The Faculty uniquely offers medical humanities options for all its undergraduate students in year 1 as a vehicle for the exploration of patients’ perspectives and experiences Read more…

Seminars and Lectures

G. Thomas Couser – ‘Narrating Disability Inside and Outside the Clinic: Or, Beyond Empathy’ (Seminar, Liverpool Hope, 12 March 2014)

Date: Wednesday 12 March, 2014 Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK The persistent devaluing of the lives of disabled persons, as periodically manifested in news accounts of abuse and neglect, underscores the value of disability life writing. Outside the clinic, disability memoirs have become surprisingly popular; indeed, Read more…

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