Official Launch: Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to our new online journal. What is health and how do we achieve it are questions that have never been more salient. Our ability to modify bodies through biotechnology has rendered life increasingly transformable. But alongside the incredible transformations in reproductive health, cancer care and genetic medicine, growing inequalities have exacerbated health... Continue Reading →

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Miasmatic thinking in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

Cynthia Harris This semester, I will look at the two-narrator structure of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House through the lens of the then current debate about the mechanism by which disease spreads. The nineteenth century was marked by a vigorous controversy between contagionists and proponents of miasma. Contagionists, or germ theorists, believed disease was spread through... Continue Reading →

Frankenstein at 200: A Reflection

Frankenstein at 200 Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, and I wanted to take the time to celebrate this occasion by thinking about my long relationship with this infinitely teachable novel. Alongside teaching this novel in a number of my courses in literature and science and the history of... Continue Reading →

Event: Hysteria from the Archives, Feb. 19

Coffee Hour, Poetry Reading, and Discussion of Hysteria from the Archives Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room We have access to accounts of hysteria more or less exclusively through the male gaze of the physician. In response, Hysteria from the Archives engages with both phenomenology (the experiences... Continue Reading →

Speculative bodies of the present in hormonal fictions

Kathryn Cai Recently, a series of English language novels that foreground the female body reimagine and transform their hormonal traffic from biologies linked with environmental illness to speculative imaginations of diffused, inchoate influence and overt physical and political power. As studies note, the female body’s hormonal complexities render its porous interactions with the environment particularly... Continue Reading →

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