For scholars working on questions about medicine, healing, health, and illness using theories and methods from the humanities, fine and performing arts, and social sciences. All area studies (Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, etc.) are welcome.
This article argues that the humanities and medicine fields have paid insufficient attention to race, which is reflected in and enabled by the apolitical nature of their cornerstone principles, their practices of literary interpretation, and their paucity of scholarship on writers of color. I examine the fields’ interpretation of Audre Lorde’s illness narratives to show that canonical views of her writings efface her radical critique of racism in medicine. I then uncover a new interpretation of the works of Anatole Broyard, whose writings the fields have never considered in light of his passing; once viewed as passing narratives, his works illuminate how racism functions in health care. The article underscores the urgent need for new interpretive practices that would better address structural racism, and I offer suggestions for what form such practices might take.
Victorian novel, history of medicine, medical humanities, gender, popular fiction
modernism, queer studies, medical humanities, affect, 20th Century British and US literature, poetry
Medical Humanities, Illness Narratives, Disability Studies, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, Critical Caribbean Studies, Phenomenology
Gothic literature (Romantic to Contemporary), Romantic literature, Medical Humanities, Disability Studies, Literature and Visual Art
Latin American literature, Literary Theory, Continental Philosophy, Disability Studies, Medical Humanities, the Fantastic and Corporeality.
Nineteenth and Twentieth century American literature; popular culture; visual culture; media and gender studies; disability studies; medical humanities and narrative medicine; memoir
history of science, French language and literature, human-animal studies, textbooks and education, cookery manuals, medical humanities, ancien regime, eighteenth-century studies
Medicine and Literature
Culture and Bodies
Gender and Medicine
Sovereignty and Identity
Race, Gender, Sex