‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ a contribution by Fraser Riddell

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Fraser Riddell Painful bodies abound in the operas of Richard Wagner. The penitent Tannhäuser purposefully endures stones and thorns under Read more…

‘”Relax!” Historical reflections on pain management’ by Ayesha Nathoo

‘”Relax!” Historical reflections on pain management’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Ayesha Nathoo.  Through my current project studying therapeutic forms of relaxation in twentieth-century Britain I hope to provide a new perspective on the history of pain and its management. Relaxation practices Read more…

Re-engaging Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain A Thirtieth Anniversary Retrospective (CfP, University of Brighton, 10th-11th Dec 2015)

10th-11th December 2015 Grand Parade University of Brighton, UK Understanding Conflict Research Cluster Critical Studies Research Group Keynotes: Prof Elaine Scarry and Prof Joanna Bourke The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain. In this seminal text, Scarry offers a radical and original thesis Read more…